The Patriots have announced that former wide receiver and defensive back Troy Brown, defensive back Fred Marion, and coach Bill Parcells have been named as finalists for the team’s 2012 hall of fame class.
It’s Brown’s first year eligible for the Patriots Hall of Fame. It’s Marion’s first-time as a finalist, while it’s Parcells’ second.
Fans can vote on Patriots.com until May 31 to help decide who is selected. The team will hold a ceremony on Sept. 15 to honor the inductees.
Brown was an eighth-round draft pick out of Marshall in 1993, and he spent his entire 15-year career with New England and was a contributor in all three phases of the game. As a receiver, Brown pulled in a franchise-record 557 catches, totaling 6,366 yards (second-most all-time). As a punt returner, he had a team-best 252 returns for 2,625 yards and three touchdowns. And later in his career he played some defensive back, becoming the first player in team history to get a reception and interception in the same game in 2004. He was a member of five Super Bowl teams, winning three.
Marion was a fifth-round pick out of Miami in 1982, and he also spent his entire career, 10 years, with the Patriots. In 1985, Marion had an AFC-high seven interceptions for 189 return yards, earning Pro Bowl honors and helping the Pats to their first-ever Super Bowl appearance. He picked off Dan Marino at the 4-yard line in the AFC title game, helping spark the win that sent New England to the Super Bowl. His 29 career interceptions are third-most in team history.
Parcells was hired as head coach in 1993 and he inherited a team that had gone 2-14 the year before. In his second season, he had the Patriots in the playoffs for the first time in eight years, as they won seven straight games to close out the season. In his fourth (and final) season, he led the team to its second Super Bowl appearance after an 11-5 regular season.