FOXBOROUGH — The real thing will take place on Saturday, but Troy Brown tried on the red jacket today that will come with his induction into the Patriots’ Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Hall at Patriot Place and is open to the public; admission is free.
Brown, who likely only has a few days left as the team’s all-time leader in receptions (he’s tied with Wes Welker at 557), met with the media and shared a few of his thoughts as he prepares for enshrinement.
“You can’t get any greater honor than this when you’re a Patriot,” Brown said, after slipping into the red sports coat with the Patriots’ Hall of Fame logo. “I think this is just a great way to cap off what everybody has been talking about, a great career that I put together for myself with the help of so many people.”
Brown played for 15 years in the NFL (1993-2007), all with the Patriots, and helped the franchise win three Super Bowls. He started as a special teams star, then became a dependable offensive threat. Near the end of his career, he was even used in the defensive secondary.
Does he even get the urge to play again?
“Every once in a while I do,” Brown said. “I can call [coach] Bill [Belichick] up right now and tell him I got about four or five good ones in me, but in all actuality it would probably be one play and then I’m done.”
One of Brown’s former teammates, Drew Bledsoe, was inducted last year. Now it’s his turn, with a lot of faces from Brown’s football past expected to attend. Could make for an emotional night, no?
“I don’t know, I’m usually a pretty happy person, I don’t think I cry very easily,” Brown said. “It’ll just bring back a lot of memories and hopefully I’ll see a lot of familiar faces that I haven’t seen in a while.”