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New England Patriots Tom Brady (12) and Matt Light celebrate after winning the AFC Championship NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens on Jan. 22 in Foxborough, Mass.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots will honor Greenville native Matt Light during halftime of their game Monday night at Gillette Stadium.
Light, who announced his retirement from the Patriots on May 7, spent is entire 11-year career with the Patriots. The former left tackle helped New England win three Super Bowls in addition to helping lead the team to 11 consecutive winning seasons, nine division championships and five conference championships.
According to the Patriots, Light is one of five players to have spent their entire career with the team since Gillette Stadium opened in 2002 and receive the halftime honor after retiring, joining Kevin Faulk (2012), Tedy Bruschi (2010), Troy Brown (2008) and Ted Johnson (2005).
Light, a second round draft pick out of Purdue in 2001, tied an NFL record by starting in five Super Bowls during his career. The only other players to accomplish that feat were Tom Brady, Cornelius Bennett, John Elway and Charles Haley.
Light was named to the Pro Bowl three times, in 2006, 2007 and 2010. In 2007 he was named Associated Press All-Pro first-team and Pro Football Weekly All-NFL in 2007, and he also was recognized as a member of the Patriots’ 50th Anniversary Team in 2009.
Light played in 175 regular season games during his career, making 173 starts. He also played in 20 playoff games.
The Patriots will play host to the Houston Texans at 8:30 p.m. Monday in a game that will be televised on ESPN.