Kevin Faulk to be inducted into New England Patriots Hall of Fame _lowres

New England Patriots running back Kevin Faulk (33) runs past Cleveland Browns' Ebenezer Ekuban (98) on a 10-yard touchdown run in the third quarter of the Patriots' 42-15 win Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Former LSU football standout and three-time Super Bowl champion Kevin Faulk was elected to the New England Patriots Hall of Fame, the franchise announced on Wednesday.

Faulk, who is also a member of the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, was voted by the fans to become the 25th entrant into the Patriots Hall of Fame.

“Kevin Faulk helped deliver three Super Bowl championships and redefined the way an entire generation of Patriots fans celebrated football in New England,” Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft said. “Despite entering the NFL as the second-leading rusher in SEC history, he arrived in New England without ego or pretense. He was a selfless and tireless contributor to the team, accepting every challenge and excelling in many roles throughout his 13-year career. His work ethic, enthusiasm for the game and clutch performances, especially on third down, earned him the respect of his coaches, teammates and fans alike.

“For all his contributions and memorable moments on the field, some of my fondest memories were of Kevin’s contributions off the field. He earned our Ron Burton Community Service award in 2009 and often involved his family in his volunteer work, teaching his children the values of giving back.”

Faulk retired from the NFL on Oct. 9, 2012, playing all 13 years in the league with the Patriots. He remains the Patriots’ all-time leader in all-purpose yards (12,349) and kickoff return yards (4,098) and is the team’s all-time leader in return yards with a combined 5,041 yards.

Faulk, who capped his LSU career as the school’s all-time leader rusher with 4,557 yards, ranks fifth in Patriots history in rushing yards (3,607) and receptions (431) and is 12th in franchise history in receiving yards (3,701).

Faulk played 161 games with the Patriots and is New England’s all-time leader in receptions for a running back. He’s also one of just 300 running backs in NFL history to reach the 400-reception mark. He helped the franchise to a winning record 11 times with five AFC championships.

Faulk’s induction ceremony will take place on Monday, Aug. 1 on the NRG Plaza outside The Hall at Patriot Place. The outdoor hall of fame ceremony is free and open to the public. Faulk will also be honored at halftime of the Patriots’ home opener against the Dolphins on Sunday, Sept. 18.