Light: 'Life is a lot more relaxed'

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- It's being billed as one of the biggest games of the 2012 NFL season, but tonight's contest between the Houston Texans and New England Patriots also will include a halftime ceremony honoring former Patriots offensive tackle Matt Light, who retired last spring.

Light was Tom Brady's blindside protector for virtually all of the quarterback's career until this season, starting 153 regular-season games over 11 seasons.

Prior to tonight's game, Light took time to reflect on the first few months of his retirement.

"My life is a lot more relaxed," Light said. "For me, it's been great to just be able to spend time with family and friends and do all the things that, as (Patriots coach) Bill (Belichick) says, you put in a drawer while the season's going on and you tend to it afterward.

"Well, I've opened that drawer up, and I've had a lot of fun exploring those neat things that maybe I've missed out on over the years. But I definitely miss a lot about the game. You're reminded about how special all those times were when you try to find something that's as fulfilling or as challenging in the 'real world.'"