Kevin Faulk is the best football player from Louisiana that I've ever had the chance to see in action, and tomorrow he will officially retire from the NFL. Faulk spent his entire 13-year career with New England after being selected by the Patriots in the second round of the 1999 NFL draft.

Born in Lafayette, LA, Kevin Faulk shined during his high school years at Carencro High, helping his team win the 1992 State Championship (Class 5A) as a sophomore. He also gained numerous MVP and All-American Honors during a high school career that boasted 4,877 rushing yards on 603 carries and 7,612 all-purpose yards.

After becoming one of the most decorated high school players of all time, Faulk decided to attend Louisiana State University and was immediately named the team's starting running back as a true freshman in 1995. By 1996 he was an All-American, and finished his college career with 6,833 all-purpose yards, an SEC record that was held until it was surpassed in 1999 by Tim Tebow of Florida.

Faulk, 36, was part of three Super Bowl-winning Patriots teams and inactive for the Patriots loss to the New York Giants last season in Super Bowl XLVI. He will retire as the Patriots all-time leader in career all-purpose yards (12,349) and return yards (5,041). Faulk revealed to ESPN Boston that he has known about this decision for a few weeks now.

It was right around the time they were making the announcement of Troy (Brown) being inducted into the (Patriots) Hall of Fame. I held out the last couple of weeks (before making it official). Maybe it was a mourning process.

Faulk will save details for an official retirement ceremony scheduled to take place tomorrow, but did mention that he and Bill Belichick kept regular discussions throughout the offseason and once the Patriots head coach told him the team was moving forward with the running backs they currently had in place, it made his decision "much easier."

The ceremony is set for tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. CT in the Hall at Patriot Place. The event will be open to the public with Pats owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick expected to speak.

UPDATE: Faulk retired today at the Hall at Pariot place. For a complete recap, head to the Boston Herald here.

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[via ESPN]