The Patriots spent this evening feting Troy Brown, who was inducted into the franchise's Hall of Fame for his career accomplishments after being voted in by the fans.
It is a measure of Brown's popularity with his former teammates that many of them were on hand for the ceremony, including Deion Branch, who was released by the team on Aug. 31 in a bit of a surprise move.
We'll have much more from Brown in the next post, but for now, here's what Branch said about being cut during a brief chat we had after the ceremony:
Were you surprised to get cut?
I think all of us are surprised (when it happens); but itís the nature of the business, itís part of the business.
When receivers Jabar Gaffney and Donteí Stallworth were cut, did you think you were safe?
UhÖyeah and no. itís like what Troy was saying earlier Ė no one is ever safe. Youíve just got to come in and do your job and go from there, and thatís what I was doing. I think the organization is going to do whatís best for the team, whatever they feel is best for the team, and you have to respect that, and I do.
If the Patriots were to call in a couple of weeks and offer you a spot, would you come back?
Iíd love to be back. Iíd embrace it and pick up right where I left off at.
What are you up to these days?
Right now, working out, spending a lot of time with the family, enjoying it. Making sure Iím staying abreast of whatís going on here and just enjoying a lot of family time.