Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The Associated Press
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady tried to persuade Matt Light to return for another season by offering him a year's supply of his favorite candy bar -- Kit Kat. Offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia reminded Light that he's still in the prime of his career.
But Light, one of a handful of NFL players to have started in five Super Bowls, said on Monday he is retiring from the league at the age of 33 to have a chance "to leave this game upright and feeling good."
"When it's your time, you just know," the New England Patriots' offensive lineman said Monday in a retirement ceremony at the team's Hall of Fame.
A three-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time Super Bowl champ, Light retired after 11 seasons.
Coach Bill Belichick, owner Bob Kraft and much of the Patriots' offensive line attended to support Light, along with his family, friends and fans.
Kraft said the team would plan a special day to honor Light during the season.
• New England re-signed receiver Jabar Gaffney, who has played 10 NFL seasons -- three with the Patriots from 2006-08.
• The Patriots and running back Joseph Addai agreed to a contract, several media outlets reported.