What Troy Brown Meant To The New England Patriots

By Mark Smith
February 17, 2012 11:10 am
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 NFL players that get drafted low and end up being great players are always a great story. This is the case with Troy Brown. Drafted In 1993 by the New England Patriots in the eighth round (198th overall), Troy was a constant workhorse for the Patriots for 15 years, until retiring in 2007.
 
What Troy Brown accomplished with the Patriots is astounding.  He is currently the Patriots all time reception leader with 557 (although Wes Welker is closing in on this record with 554 receptions). Troy is second in receiving with 6,366 yards. He also set the single season receptions leader for the New England Patriots, with 101 catches in 2001 (since broken by Welker). This was a great feat, considering some of New England's best wide receivers like Stanley Morgan, Randy Moss, and tight end Ben Coates never achieved this. Ben Coates held the record, with 96 receptions in 1994, until Troy Brown broke it in 2001.
 
Troy Brown also shares the Patriots record for most catches in a game with Welker (16 receptions vs. Kansas City Chiefs on September, 22nd, 2002).  This was the most of that year, and the fourth highest in NFL history. He was the only New England Patriot at the time to record three 80 catch seasons in a row.
 
Troy Brown had 13 games with 100 yards receiving the second most in the New England Patriots history. He was also only the third wide receiver in the history of the New England franchise, at the time to be selected to the Pro Bowl, Stanley Morgan, and Terry Glenn were the only other two at the time.
 
Troy Brown is also the New England Patriots all time punt return leader, with 246 returns, 2570 yards, and three punt returns for touchdowns which is tied for the overall team lead. His 14.2 yard punt return average in 2001 was the second best ever by a New England Patriot.
 
In 2004 with New England's secondary decimated with injuries, Troy Brown stepped up and played defense as a nickleback for the remaining nine games of the season, and all three postseason games. He finished second on the team with three interceptions, and 17 tackles on defense. Troy Brown was also the only player in New England Patriots history to have a reception and an interception in one game against the Buffalo Bills on November 14th, 2004. Think about this to ask a wide receiver to play defense against the pass, and be good at it, and be successful at it, is worth honorable mention in itself. This unselfish, humble act, showed what a true all around player Troy Brown was, and that he ultimately was a team player St.
 
Troy Brown was a great player with considering his statistics, maybe should have been a first round pick instead of an eighth round pick. I love underdog stories where a guy picked low in the draft achieves so much. Oh yeah and another New England Patriot got picked low in the draft (sixth round 199TH overall). His name was Tom Brady, who was also a teammate of Troy Brown from 2001 through 2007.
 
In his later years Troy Brown was released by the New England Patriots a few times but no team ever took him, was it because he wasn’t a good player or was it destiny. I think he was destined to remain a New England Patriot forever. In 2007 the New England Patriots signed him once again so he could retire as a New England Patriot.
 
My favorite Troy Brown moment was in 2003 when Tom Brady threw an 82 yard pass to Troy Brown, in overtime for a 19 - 13 win against the Miami Dolphins. Troy Brown had a 55 yard punt return against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC championship game in 2002. This was the first special teams score for the New England Patriots in the playoffs, in history. Troy Brown helped propel the New England Patriots into Super Bowl XXXVI, and ultimately their first Super Bowl victory in team history.
 
 

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2 years ago
Solid debut article, Mick. Good topic, well written.
2 years ago
Thank You.

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