Kyle Eckel was born on December 30, 1981 in South Philadelphia, Pa. ... Three-year letterwinner in football and baseball at Episcopal Academy ... Two-time first team allarea and all-league selection in football ... First team allcity selection in football as a senior ... Shared the all-city backfield team with Detroit Lions running back Kevin Jones ... Served as an honorary coach in the 2007 BELL Bowl, a fundraiser at Gillette Stadium to benefit the BELL Foundation ... Helped distribute Thanksgiving food baskets at Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries in Boston ... Majored in economics at Navy.
Kyle Eckel was signed to the Patriots' active roster from the practice squad on Oct. 1, 2007 ... Originally signed by the Patriots as an undrafted rookie free agent on April 29, 2005 ... Waived by the Patriots following 2005 training camp (9/3/05) ... Claimed off waivers by the Miami Dolphins (9/4/05) ... Placed on Reserve/Military list (9/7/05) ... Reinstated from the Reserve/Military list (11/2/06) ... Released by the Dolphins (9/1/07) ... Signed to the Patriots practice squad (9/3/07).
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2007 (12/0/0/1): Played in 12 games in 2007... Signed from the practice squad on Oct. 1... Scored his first NFL touchdown on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter of the Patriots' 48-27 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 14... Led or tied for the team lead in special teams tackles three times in 2007 (at IND, at BAL, vs. NYJ).
at Cincinnati (10/1): Made his NFL debut and saw action on the opening kickoff as part of the Patriots' return team... Registered three carries for 11 yards to help ice New England's 34-13 victory over the Bengals. Cleveland (10/7): Played in a reserve role at running back and on special teams coverage units... Helped the Patriots ice their 34-17 win over the Browns with six carries for 16 yards in the fourth quarter. at Dallas (10/14): Scored his first career touchdown on a fourth-and-goal from the Cowboys' 1-yard line with a dive over right tackle, giving the Patriots their final margin of victory, 48-27, with 23 seconds remaining in the game... Carried the ball three times for six yards. at Miami (10/21): Saw action in a reserve role a running back, making six rushing attempts for 12 yards in the Patriots' 49-28 victory over the Dolphins... Led the team with two special teams tackles, including one solo tackle. Washington (10/28): Played in a reserve role at running back and on special teams return and coverage units in the Patriots' 52-7 victory over the Redskins... Had four carries for 2 yards... Made one special teams tackle. at Indianapolis (11/4): Played in a reserve role on kickoff coverage and return teams in the Patriots' 24-20 comeback victory over the Colts... Led all players with three special teams tackles. at Buffalo (11/18): Saw significant time in a reserve role at running back in the Patriots' dominating 56-10 win over the Bills... Took in his second career touchdown on a 1-yard plunge over center on the first play of the fourth quarter, giving the Patriots a 49-10 lead... Rushed for 40 yards on 10 carries... Hauled in one pass for a 6-yard gain in the fourth quarter... Tallied one special teams tackle. Philadelphia (11/25): Played in reserve on special teams coverage units in the Patriots' 31-28 win over the Eagles... Dragged down Brian Westbrook for a loss of two yards on a fourth-quarter punt. at Baltimore (12/3): Played in reserve on special teams coverage and return units in the Patriots' 27-24 comeback win over the Ravens... Tied for the team lead with two special teams tackles. Pittsburgh (12/9): Played on special teams coverage and return units in the Patriots' 34-13 win over the Steelers. N.Y. Jets (12/16): Saw action on special teams coverage and return units in the Patriots' 20-10 win over the Jets... Led the team with two solo special teams tackles. Miami (12/23): Played on special teams coverage and return units in the Patriots' 28-7 win over the Dolphins... Made one special teams tackle. at N.Y. Giants (12/29): Inactive.
2007 Postseason (2/0/0/1): vs. Jacksonville (1/12): Inactive. San Diego (1/20): Saw his first postseason action in a reserve role on special teams coverage and protection units in the Patriots' 21-12 victory over the Chargers in the AFC Championship Game... Downed a Chris Hanson punt at the Chargers' 4-yard line in the second quarter. N.Y. Giants (2/3): Played in reserve on special teams coverage and protection units in Super Bowl XLII.
2006 (0/0 - Miami Dolphins): Reinstated from the Reserve/Military list on Nov. 2 ... Spent the final nine games of the 2006 season on the Commissioner's Exempt Permission List.
2005 (0/0 - Miami Dolphins): Released by the Patriots following training camp and claimed by the Dolphins on Sept. 4 ... Placed on the Reserve/Military list on Sept. 7.
Collected 13 career 100-yard rushing games at Navy, the fourth most in school history ... Became just the third player in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season twice ... Finished his career with 2,906 career rushing yards, which ranks fourth all-time at Navy ... Registered 25 career rushing touchdowns, the fourth most in school history ... Rated as the second-best fullback in the country by The Sporting News ... Ranked as a preseason All- American and the top NFL fullback prospect in the country by draftboardinsider.com ... Rushed for 1,147 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior ... Rushed 26 times for a careerhigh 179 yards and one touchdown against Army en route to being named the Philadelphia Sportswriters Most Valuable Player of the Army-Navy game for the second consecutive year ... As a junior, played in every game, starting the last 12 contests ... Carried the ball 236 times for 1,249 yards and 10 touchdowns ... Was named to the All-Independent team by College Football News ... Ran all over Army for 152 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries ... Played in nine games, starting eight as a sophomore in 2002 ... Finished second on the team in rushing with 510 yards and four touchdowns ... Carried the ball 18 times for 59 yards and scored his first-two career touchdowns against N.C. State ... Did not see action as a freshman.
- In 2007, Kyle served as an honorary coach in the 2007 BELL Bowl, a fundraiser at Gillette Stadium to benefit the BELL Foundation, an acronym for Building Educated Leaders for Life. The BELL Bowl is an annual event that is run by the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation and Fidelity Investments.