2011 WEEK 1 PLAYER SPOTLIGHT

#72 MATT LIGHT - Light was born in Greenville, Ohio. He attended Greenville High School, where he played football as a three-year two-way starter. Following high school, Light attended Purdue University In 1998, he moved to left tackle, starting 13 games and earning an honorable mention All-Big Ten Conference selection as part of an offensive line that only allowed 16 sacks of future Super Bowl MVP quarterback Drew Brees. Light was drafted in the second round (48th overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He started 12 of 14 games played during his rookie season in 2001, helping a Patriots running game which averaged 112.2 yards per game. He was the starting left tackle for an offensive line that led the way for 133 yards on 25 carries (5.3 yard average) in the Patriots 20–17 victory in Super Bowl XXXVI over the St. Louis Rams. He was named to the Football News 2001 NFL All-Rookie Team following the season.

Always a fan favorite, Matt has done a tremendous amount of local charity work with his “Light Foundation” which works to instill and augment the values of responsibility, accountability, and hard work by providing youth with unique outdoor learning experiences that assist them in reaching their highest potential. Our goal is to lead young people down a path to becoming responsible members of their communities who are capable of passing on the torch of leadership and achievement to their friends and families.

It what was a nerve racking time, the Patriots watched the three time Pro Bowler test the market of free agency this past off season. Thankfully the Pats and Matt signed a two-year deal which will pay him $7 million this year. That is good news for the Pats and Tom Brady.