Troy Brown to be inducted into Pats Hall of Fame
FOXBORO, Mass. (WHDH) -- With a 76-15 all-time record at Gillette Stadium, the Patriots have given their fans plenty to cheer about over the past decade. A major contributor during that run of success will be honored this weekend, as Troy Brown is inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame.
“I can call Bill up right now and tell him I got about four or five good ones in me,” Brown said.
Joking that he can still play might be a stretch, but Troy Brown's selection as a Patriots Hall of Famer most certainly is not.
“He’s a big reason why we won a lot of games while I was coaching, while he was here. Can never really replace a guy like that. He’s just special," said Patriots coach Bill Belichick.
Special -- a great way to describe a 15-year career, 557 receptions, a three-time Super Bowl champ, and the protagonist in one of the franchise's signature plays -- fittingly on special teams – the punt return in Pittsburgh circa 2001.
“That was a huge, huge play in my career and in the Patriots’ franchise history,” Brown said. “It gave us a chance to win and we went in there and handled our business the way we were supposed to," Brown said.
Brown's career though, maybe wasn’t supposed to happen; unheralded out of college, cut and then resigned, and now honored for that perseverance, production, and shining example of the Patriot way.
“Can’t get any greater honor than this when you’re a Patriot,” Brown said.
Brown is the 18th inductee into the Patriots Hall of Fame and the first in a long line of deserving core players that helped shape the Pats’ dynasty years of the early 2000s.