Filled in as a coach for his son's soccer team in West Virginia during the 2003 off-season .
He was released by the Patriots on March 1, 2005 for salary cap reasons, but he signed a new contract with them on May 23, 2005. He signed despite a better financial deal from the New Orleans Saints; the income he receives from Boston-area commercial endorsement deals (including one, for TD BankNorth, he shares with Ray Bourque) makes up much of the difference.
He is the Patriots all-time leading punt returner with 244 returns for 2,554 yards and 3 TDs. He is second all-time in Patriots history in both receptions (514) and receiving yards (5982).
His first year as a starter was 2000, and in 2001 he, alongside Tom Brady, led the Patriots to their first ever Super Bowl championship, recording 83 catches during the season for 944 yards. During the AFC Championship game against the Steelers that season, He returned a crucial punt for a touchdown which provided the winning margin, adding to the two he returned for TDs during the regular season. In 2002, he recorded 101 receptions for 1199 yards and 5 TDs, good for fifth in the NFL. In 2003, he again lead the Patriots in receiving with 97 catches for 890 yards and helped lead the team back to the Super Bowl.
Professional football player with the New England Patriots, 1993-2007.
Inducted into the New England Patriots Hall of Fame in 2012.
In his 13th year with The New England Patriots [November 2005]