The Patriots announced today that receiver/returner Troy Brown has been voted by fans as the 18th player and 19th member enter the Patriots Hall of Fame.
The induction ceremony will be held outside The Hall at Patriot Place on Sat. Sept. 15, the day before the Patriots 2012 regular season home opener against the Arizona Cardinals.
In April, a 17-person nomination committee comprised of media, alumni, and staff selected three candidates for consideration for the Patriots Hall of Fame. The three finalists were Brown, former free safety Fred Marion (1982-91) and former Head Coach Bill Parcells (1993-96).
“Troy Brown will always be special to me, as he was my sweetheart’s favorite player during his career,” said Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft according to a statement released by the team. “Clearly, a lot of Patriots fans shared her sentiment and I am proud that we will honor Troy with his induction into the Patriots Hall of Fame this fall.
“To me, Troy was the consummate Patriot who always put team goals ahead of personal ones. His height and speed made him a proverbial underdog in a league that always featured taller and faster players. But, his heart and perseverance made him a champion and a fan favorite. The Patriots record books will always show that Troy was one of the greatest receivers and punt returners in franchise history, but Patriots fans know that he was so much more than that. His selfless contributions to the success of the team on offense, defense and special teams made him unique as a player and helped deliver three Super Bowl titles. For 15 years, Troy personified what it meant to be a Patriot, both on and off the field. With his induction into the Patriots Hall of Fame, his legacy will be preserved for generations to come.”
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick also praised Brown.
“Troy Brown is the ultimate team player and one of the greatest competitors I have ever had the privilege of coaching,” said Belichick. “Offense, defense, special teams – if there was a job to do, Troy embraced it and did it at a championship level. No matter the situation or conditions, Troy raised the bar of excellence and helped create a winning tradition we strive to uphold. The bigger the game, the more Troy stepped up. There is no more deserving player of any accolade that comes his way than Troy Brown.”
Brown spent his entire 15-season NFL career with the Patriots (1993-2007) after being drafted by the team in the eighth round (198th overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft. The 5-foot-10-inch, 196-pound receiver, punt returner and defensive back retired as the Patriots’ all-time leading receiver with 557 career receptions and as the team’s all-time leading punt returner with 252 career returns. Brown’s significant contributions in all three phases of the game – offense, defense and special teams – made him one of the most versatile and beloved players in the history of the Patriots franchise.
Brown’s career statistics include 192 games played (with 69 starts), 557 receptions for 6,366 yards and 31 touchdowns, 252 punt returns for 2,625 yards and three touchdowns, 87 kickoff returns for 1,862 yards, 30 rushes for 178 yards, 18 defensive tackles (16 solo), three interceptions and five passes defensed. In 15 seasons (1993-2007), he helped the Patriots qualify for the playoffs 10 times, winning eight division titles, five conference championships and three Super Bowls.