Former Patriots fullback Patrick Pass, who most recently signed with and was released by the Patriots in June of 2009, has decided to call it a career. The do-everything player last participated in one game for the Giants in 2007.
That’s what I learned when I dropped by the Athletic Republic in Norwood, site of Football Clinic with Patrick Pass. That begins today and runs through Thursday.
“Basically, my career is going to be over,” Pass, 32, told me, as he prepared for the session. “I can’t shake this turf toe bug. I’m going to have another surgery soon. So, I’ve always had a passion for training and training kids. I’m going to see how this (camp) is and hopefully sometime down the road I can join with someone who has the same passion as I do in training kids, motivating them to get the next level in academics and sports.”
Now, I know what you’re thinking… Didn’t Pass already retire?
Turns out, Pass (pictured, from AP) hadn’t made it official, despite being out of football for the last two years. He had held out hope to return. But he will now so he can focus on training, setting up a combine-like facility for young athletes. This week’s camp is a test run.
He leaves the game with 526 yards rushing, 570 yards receiving with four touchdowns. He earned three Super Bowl rings with the Patriots from 2000 to 2006.
I asked him, What does he want to be remembered for?
“I hope that, on the outside looking in, the players and coaches that I played with look at me as one of those guys that didn’t hesitate to jump and do whatever was asked,” Pass said. “Running back, fullback, every special teams, playing receiver. You want to be known as that guy who was called upon to get the job done. I’ve met some wonderful, wonderful guys there. The likes of Tedy Bruschi, Rodney Harrison, Troy Brown. Class acts. I really miss those guys… Kevin Faulk was one of my best friends, locker right next to mine. Jarvis Green – all those guys, I had great times with. I still think of them like brothers.”