FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – When the Patriots gathered for their morning meetings, it didn’t surprise many players that running back Kevin Faulk was in the room.
Faulk, who tore his right ACL on Sunday and is out for the year, still plans to be part of the team.
“I’m not sure how many guys would be in the building [like that],” veteran running back Fred Taylor said. “He was in the meetings, bright and early, sitting in his chair before anyone else. That’s Kev."
Taylor expected Faulk to be there.
“That’s a credit to him,” he said. “He’s like that when it’s time to work out throughout the whole season. I see his truck every time I pull up. He’s done 15 minutes on the Stairmaster as well as the sauna, before I get here, and I usually get here at quarter to seven. Meetings start at 8. He’s always here bright and early.”
Now in his second season in New England, Taylor has a new appreciation for Faulk. He said Faulk is the type of person who will find someting positive in this tough situation.
“For the longest [time], I was trying to understand when I was on the outside looking in. I always knew he was a great player but I never understood why he would always be out there every single game, doing what he’s done,” he said.
“To his credit, he works at it. He really, really works at it. Nobody in the league compares to him. He’s probably the No. 1 unsung hero across the entire NFL. He’s probably one of the most underrated guys. He’s the best at what he does.”