The New England Patriots released the following statement Friday afternoon regarding Matt Light's retirement.
On Monday, May 7, 2012, the New England Patriots will host a press conference to formally announce the retirement of Matt Light after a stellar 11-year NFL career. The press conference will be held at The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon starting at 10:30 a.m. Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft will be on hand. Drafted in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft, over the next 11 years Matt Light appeared in 175 games, starting 173 at left tackle for the Patriots, including five Super Bowls and six AFC Championship games. He earned Pro Bowl honors three times and was selected to the New England Patriots 50th Anniversary Team. In 2002, he started the Light Foundation, through which he continues to conduct his many philanthropic endeavors (for more information visit http:www.mattlightfoundation.org). In 2005, he earned the New England Patriots Ron Burton Community Service Award, which is presented annually to the Patriots player who makes the greatest contributions both on the field and in the community.
Patriots first-round draft pick Sony Michel surprised both of his parents with new cars.
Michel told the NBC Sports Boston Camera Guys all about it, saying "It's my obligation to take care of my parents. That's always been my goal, to take care of everything they need from here on out."
Michel posted photos on Friday of his parents posing next to their new rides:
Jabar Gaffney, a former Patriots (2006-08) wide receiver, is suspected of vandalizing a car belonging to his former high school and college teammate Lito Shepard, an ex-Philadelphia Eagles cornerback.
Gaffney and Sheppard were teammates at the University of Florida and in high school, and according to details from the police report published by First Coast News, Sheppard said he and Gaffney, and Gaffney's longtime girlfriend, have had an ongoing feud that began in 2012.
Here's the account of the incident outside a Jacksonville Beach restaurant from the police report: "Gaffney retrieved some type of tool and a container from the suspect's vehicle, walked over to the passenger's side of the victim's vehicle near the gas tank, and pried it open. Gaffney then poured an unknown substance from the container into the gas tank...The unknown female walked around the vehicle and stabbed all of the tires with a sharp object."
The report said the suspects fled the scene in an unknown direction. Sheppard said his BMW sustained about $14,000 in damages.
No arrests have been made as of yet. Gaffney, 37, caught eight touchdown passes in 43 games (20 starts) in three seasons in New England.