New England Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light announced his retirement on Monday after eleven seasons, all with New England.
Light is one of five players in the history of the NFL to have started in five Super Bowls. Of course, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is one of the others, according to the Associated Press. Both Brady and Head Coach Bill Belichick had high praises for the three-time Pro Bowler.
“He had a great sense when to lighten up and when to tighten up,” said Belichick.
Brady simply called him one of the best teammates he’s ever had.
Light was a part of all three Patriot Super Bowl wins from 2001-2004 and the team’s Super Bowl losses in 2007 and 2011. In 2007, Light also made the All-Pro team.
Although he is relatively young to retire at 33, Light said he knew it was his time to step away from the NFL. He wanted to spend more time with his three children while they’re still young.