OLT Matt Light was placed on the reserve/retired list by the Patriots on Tuesday, officially ending his NFL career after 11 seasons in the league.
Light played in 155 games during his career, starting 153 of them. He helped the Patriots to three Super Bowl titles and was a key member on the offensive lines of two other New England clubs that played in Super Bowls.
Assigned to protect Tom Brady’s blind side, Light was one of the NFL’s top left tackles during his playing career. He was named to four Pro Bowls and was part of the Patriots’ 50th anniversary team in 2009.
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This news comes as no surprise, as there had been speculation for months that Light would retire after the Patriots 2011 season came to a close. New England drafted OT Nate Solder in the first round last year, and he likely will take over Light’s spot in the starting lineup when the 2012 season kicks off.