New England Patriots' Matt Light Retires from NFL

May 7, 2012

New England Patriots left tackle Matt Light has announced his retirement, closing his 11-year career as one of the most productive players in the team’s history.

"For the past 11 seasons, Matt’s many accomplishments, both on and off the field, made him the consummate Patriot,” said Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft. “His contributions helped the Patriots become champions on the field and in the community. For more than a decade, Matt anchored the offensive line and protected Tom Brady’s blind side, delivering three Super Bowl titles and five conference championships during his tenure."

Light, 33, was originally drafted by the Patriots out of Purdue in the second round of the NFL Draft. Light leaves having played a major role in leading the Patriots to 11 consecutive seasons with a winning record, nine division championships, five conference titles, and three Super Bowls.

Light earned Pro Bowl honors following the 2006, 2007, and 2010 seasons. He played in 175 regular season games with 173 starts, including all 20 postseason games, and helped the Patriots’ offense finish in the top 10 seven times.

On February 5, 2012, Light tied an NFL record when he started in his fifth Super Bowl, joining teammate Tom Brady along with Cornelius Bennett, John Elway, and Charles Haley as the only other players to accomplish the feat. In 2009, he was named to the Patriots’ 50th Anniversary Team.

By Staff of The Daily Sports Herald and news services

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