Patriots honor team captain Matthew Slater with special pregame hoodie

Matthew Slater, captain of the New England Patriots, may play in his final NFL game on Sunday in Week 18's regular season finale vs the New York Jets.

Since the Patriots picked Slater in 2008, he has been a top special teams player in the NFL.

 Indeed, some others have argued—among them, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick—that Slater's contributions to special teams merit his induction into the Hall of Fame.

Although he hasn't made an official announcement, the 16-year veteran has been showing indications that he may retire during the winter.

 The most recent example occurred on Sunday morning, when members of the Patriots' staff and players entered the icy Gillette Stadium field dressed in sweatshirts with a Slater motif.

Slater has been with the Patriots since their 2014 Super Bowl XLIX triumph over the Seahawks. Over the past decade, he has been very consistent on special teams.

Like Belichick did in Doug Flutie's final game in 2005, it would be interesting to see if the Patriots pay respect to Slater in any way during the game.

Perhaps they will run a special play in his honor or show a video tribute.