Light hung it up after 11 NFL seasons, all with the New England Patriots, with five trips to the Super Bowl and three championships on his resume. He knew midway through last season he would retire, wanting to spend more time with his family.
“I didn’t know going into it. I think it was about halfway through the season. I realized I have three kids that are incredible and they need more time, and I just didn’t have it,” said Light. “It’s a year-round commitment and I didn’t have the time to give them. I’m sitting there watching them go through things at school, my wife making decisions because I wasn’t around.”
“When it did dawn on me that this was it, it was like turning the switch on,” said Light, a four-time Pro Bowler. “I felt good and I was pretty fortunate not to have any major injuries. I never had the mindset that I was going to run this thing until the wheels fell off; I’m just not that kind of guy "
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