Patriots’ all-time great Troy Brown will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in July, an honor recognizing his phenomenal career at Marshall University.
Brown is part of a six-member Divisional Class, which is open to players and coaches from the NCAA’s I-AA (now FCS), II and III divisions as well as the NAIA.
During his two seasons with the Thundering Herd, Brown was considered one of the most dangerous scoring threats in the country and he led the team to back-to-back trips to the Division I-AA national championship game; Marshall won the crown in 1992.
Brown caught 139 passes for 2,746 yards and 24 touchdowns on offense and added 1,825 return yards and four more TDs in two seasons at Marshall — all of which were able to happen only after then-Herd assistant coach (and now assistant athletic director) Mark Gale flew in a crop duster from Huntington, W.V. to South Carolina to retrieve Brown’s transcripts from Lees-McRae College, where he had spent two years before heading to Marshall, on the eve of Marshall’s first game in 1991. Brown wouldn’t be cleared to play without them.
He was known from then on as “Transcript” to teammates and coaches.
Brown was an eighth-round draft pick of New England in 1993; he is the fifth Herd coach or player to be chosen for the College Hall. Others in his class include Maryland-Eastern Shore HB Emerson Boozer (1962-1965), California Lutheran LB Brian Kelley (1969-72) and UMass TE Milt Morin (1963-65). Two coaches – Willie Jeffries who coached at Howard, Wichita State and South Carolina State and Ted Kessinger who coached at Bethany (Kan.) are also in the class.