Before the seventh annual Red, Rock & Blue charity softball game Friday, former LSU running back Kevin Faulk put on his gloves, laced up his cleats and stretched before he took the field.
But before that, he remembered his football days at LSU and with the New England Patriots.
He loved the opportunity to give back to military charity organizations in the celebrity showcase event at LSU's Tiger Park.
“Anytime you have the opportunity to give back with former teammates, current LSU guys and newcomers is always great and positive,” Faulk said.
Faulk will be enshrined into the Patriots Hall of Fame on Aug. 1, but he is enjoying his days as offensive coordinator at Carencro High, his alma mater, after retiring in 2011.
In his 13-year-career, he racked up 3,607 rushing yards, 3,701 receiving yards, and 31 total touchdowns with the Patriots. But his stats weren’t the highlight of his career.
"I have so many memories in my football career," Faulk said, but he said playing in five Super Bowls is the greatest highlight of all.
“When I was young, my dream as a kid was to watch the Super Bowl live, and I was able to be a part of it.” Faulk said. “I'm truly blessed, and I was able to play in five of them and win three, so that’s the highlight of my career.”
With the Patriots, Faulk always remembers the consistency within the organization and the way it was built for him to strive.
But at LSU, from when he was a freshman in 1995, Faulk said that the school took off in terms of recruiting and winning and has remained consistent.
"In the SEC, you have to be consistent if you want to be a good ball club," Faulk said. "That is just the way it goes."
Faulk has the record for most touchdowns in a single game at LSU with five. He is also LSU’s total rushing yards (4,557) and rushing touchdowns leader (46).
Someone approaching those records is Leonard Fournette, who was also a top recruit for the Tigers out of St. Aug.
“I have a great relationship with Fournette,” Faulk said. “We aren’t the best of friends. He is a very quiet guy and lets his actions speak for himself on the field.”
Now as coach and teacher at Carencro, Faulk is living one of his dreams that he had while at LSU to become a high school coach. He has been there four years and said he loves every bit of it. He enjoys being with the kids.
He was at work when Patriots owner Robert Kraft called him and told him he'd be entering the Patriots Hall of Fame.
“The feeling is like when you were younger and your parents or mentors tell you to leave a place better when you left it,” Faulk said. “As in when you leave a place, make them remember you by the positive stuff you’ve done.”