A second-round draft pick out of LSU in 1999, Faulk was one of the most dynamic players in SEC history (his 53 touchdowns were an SEC record until Tim Tebow broke it this year).
If you look up Kevin Faulk's Madden NFL ratings, you'll see what every Patriot fan should know by now: he's the best third-down running back in the NFL right now.
The Patriots are careful not to use him too often; for comparison, LaDainian Tomlinson had almost as many carries in 2005 and 2006 as Faulk has had in his entire 11-year career.
Nevertheless, there's a certain minority of fans, though, who consistently predict that "THIS is the year that Faulk retires" or ask "Will Faulk make the team this year?"
To be fair, Faulk is a free agent this year. But the "ageless" Faulk (who's 33), still makes a difference on third downs, whether running, receiving, or blocking, so he'll probably be back next year, too.