FOXBOROUGH – The story today was Troy Brown’s retirement.
Some more highlights from the first-class announcement hosted by the Patriots:
1) Troy’s son asks the final question. In an emotional moment, Brown’s son, who was crying, asked the final question. “If you love the game so much, why are you retiring?” Brown looked his son in the eyes and said, “I would love to keep playing, but there comes a time when the man upstairs … you can’t outrun God. He tells you you’re 37. Your knee is supposed to be hurting. Your hip is hurting. There are a bunch of 22-year-olds taking your place. There are very few places for guys 37, 38 years old. You just have to move on and craft other goals. It’s a sad day for me, too. … Daddy still loves football.”
2) Brown recognized not just as a player. Owner Robert Kraft talked about the person he got to know off the field. “When I think back to all the wonderful years with him, I’m so proud of what he represents as a human being,” Kraft said. “He’s a wonderful father and I’m happy to see his two sons here, and his beautiful wife. He’s a responsible family man. Whenever someone talks about Troy Brown, they talk about what a good human being he is and what a good name he has.”
3) Belichick: 'Truly an honor.' Coach Bill Belichick said it was truly an honor and privilege to coach Brown. Earlier in the day, Belichick showed footage of Brown’s highlights to current Patriot players in a team meeting, with Brown in the room. Belichick told the team why Brown was such a special player. Later in the day, Belichick presented Brown with three team-issued photos at the end of his remarks to media members.
4) Brown’s opening remarks. Stepping to the podium after Kraft and Belichick, Brown declared: “I will always be a Patriot, just not in uniform. I’ve been invited by [the team]; I’m always welcome in the building.” Brown thanked Kraft and his family, as well as Belichick for always believing in him. He also thanked his wife Kimberly and their two children for their sacrifices.