Troy's game ball
FOXBOROUGH -- Patriots owner Robert Kraft and former New England receiver Stanley Morgan just held a ceremony to honor Troy Brown.
Brown was given a game ball from last Sunday’s contest against the Colts, commemorating him becoming the team’s all-time leading receiver, breaking Morgan’s mark.
Kraft opened with the following statement:
“We don’t recognize individual achievements normally at the Patriots, but Troy would have gotten the game ball had we won the Colts’ game. We tried to create a different scenario that would allow us to celebrate what’s been good about the Patriots’ history and would allow us to bring Stanley “Steamer” back. Both of these individuals are special. … [Troy] is the prototype Patriot -- selfless, offense, defense, special teams, never did fancy dances, just did what was right, both on and off the field. Stanley Morgan was the same type of guy.”
Morgan spoke briefly, cracking a joke that he hadn’t seen so many cameras in a Patriots facility before.
“It’s always good to come back,” Morgan said. “The thing they always tell you is that records are made to be broken. You don’t really understand that until it actually happens. When I had the privelege of talking to Troy a few years ago, and I knew at that time he was closing in on the record, I told him if anybody was going to break it, I would be very proud if it was him."
Brown was the final speaker, saying: "I want to thank Mr. Kraft and Stanley for the kind words they just gave me about the way I go out and play the game. I take a lot of pride in the way I do go out there and play and represent not only myself and my family, but I do represent the Kraft family and this organization also when I'm playing. I always try to set the right example and show my teammates the right way to go out and play the game."
Kraft then had members of the media follow him to the lobby of the team’s main offices, where glass structures of quarterback Tom Brady and Brown were unveiled. The glass structures were made by one of Kraft’s close friends, Jean-Claude Novaro of France.
NO INJURY CHANGES: The Patriots had no changes on their Friday injury report. The Jets also had no changes.