Matt Light missed the first call from Patriots owner Robert Kraft on Tuesday. The former tackle was busy in Brockton, Mass., helping kids at a leadership event. Then on Wednesday, while he was deep in the woods in Burrillville, Light remember to turn his phone on.
It’s a good thing he did.
While hunting for “the elusive turkey,” Light received another call telling him he was voted by the fans as the 27th person to be inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame.
“First and foremost, it’s very humbling,” said Light. “It’s the biggest honor that I can think of where you’re being recognized by the people it he community and the fans that really understood you as a player. It’s hard to put into words, really. I had an opportunity to come to New England and play football. I didn’t have any major dreams growing up as a kid to be an NFL player, but I was one of these guys that was extremely fortunate to not only make it to the NFL, but make it an organization that put winning first.”
Light spent his entire 11-year career (2001-2011) with the Patriots and becomes the sixth player to enter The Hall with three Super Bowl rings joining Kevin Faulk, Troy Brown, Tedy Bruschi, Ty Law and Willie McGinest. A second-round pick in 2011, Light started 153-of-155 games for the Patriots, anchoring the left tackle position. He was named to three Pro Bowls and to the First-team All-Pro squad in 2007.
For those who know him, Light’s a practical joker – he’d famously remove teammates wheels off their cars and place them in the locker room. That’s why him missing Kraft’s first call and then receiving another while hunting for turkeys sum up this former Pro Bowler well.
“I have so many moments and the things that stand out in my mind were the things more centered around the locker room and meeting rooms and on the road traveling,” Light said. “We spent so much time together as a group… those are the things I can remember. I can remember the big moments on the field and some big games, but most of my fondest memories are joking with the guys and pulling some practical jokes.”
Light was elected by a vote beating out linebacker Mike Vrabel and defensive tackle Richard Seymour. Light’s induction ceremony will be held on the NRG Plaza outside The Hall at Patriot Place on Saturday, Sept. 29, at a time yet to be determined. The outdoor ceremony is free and open to the public. Light will also be honored with a halftime ceremony during the Patriots home game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Sept. 30.
“For 11 seasons, Matt’s many accomplishments, both on and off the field, made him the consummate Patriot,” said Kraft. “His contributions helped the Patriots become champions on the field and in the community.”