by Carrie Adams
Spartans from far and wide descended on Fenway Park for the first of its kind Obstacle Course Race in a major league ballpark. It was all smiles as the Spartans raced up and down and around the stadium for the inaugural event. It was also celebrating 100 storied years of history in the beloved national treasure and we were thrilled to be able to bring that experience to our racers.
One of our Spartans on the day was Kevin Faulk, a three-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots. Kevin’s 12 year career in the NFL thus far was spent entirely with the Pats. He was drafted in the second round of the 1999 Draft and made an impact almost immediately as he was New England’s leader in yards rushing in 2000. That year, he added 51 catches for 465 yards and one touchdown. He was also active on special teams, leading the team with 38 kickoff returns for 816 yards while also returning six punts for 58 yards. In 2001, against the Miami Dolphins, Kevin completed a 23-yard pass to quarterback Tom Brady, his first career pass completion.
Kevin and the Patriots would go on to win Super Bowl XXXVI over the St. Louis Rams. In 2002, Kevin’s seven total touchdowns ranked second on the team. He also finished second in the NFL in 2002 with a 27.9-yard kickoff return average. That same year, he broke the Patriots’ franchise record for total kickoff return yards, which had previously been held by Dave Meggett, who had 2,561 yards on kickoff returns. Also in 2002, Kevin returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, becoming only the second player in Patriots history to return more than one kickoff for a touchdown in a season. He became the only player in franchise history and the only NFL player in the 2002 season to record multiple touchdowns in three different categories: rushing, receiving, and kick returns.
For the next two seaons, Kevin continued to contribute to the Patriot offense as the team won both Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004 and Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005. On November 26, 2006, in a game against the Chicago Bears, Kevin surpassed Tony Collins on the Patriots’ all-time receiving list for a running back with 262nd catch. During the 2007 season, Kevin was a consistent starter alongside fellow running back Laurence Maroney and in 2009 he became the team’s all-time leader in all-purpose yards, amassing 12,140 yards by the end of the season. He also became the 26th running back in NFL history with at least 400 receptions.
Of the Spartan Race he experienced he said, “I had the pleasure of making an appearance at the Spartan Race in Boston, it was one of the best experiences ever! Going through the obstacle course reminded me a little of training camp. You have to have your mind right and get ready for the challenge ahead, the course is not only physically challenging but also mentally. I met a lot of great people who participated in the race and challenged themselves to finish the course. I am going to bring my whole family with me next year to compete in the race. Thank You Spartan Race for showing me a great time. ”