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    Troy will always be my favorite Patriot and on Thursday night he will be honored. I would like to start honoring him here now and throughout the week with stories, videos and pics.
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    Here are some of my favorite Troy Brown moments in no particular order.

    1. The countless number of times Brady threw it to Brown over the middle on 3rd down for a 1st down, Brown always received a vicious hit but he always held onto the ball and he always got up with a smile on his face. He was fearless and the most dependable receiver we ever had, tough as nails, great hands but most importantly always found a way to get open.
    2. All of his game changing punt returns, there were so many. I have never been so pumped as i was right before Troy Brown was going to take a punt upfield.
    3. When he turned down being a Saint then a Jet, he is a PURE PATRIOT FOREVER!
    4. Punt return for a TD against Pittsburgh in the AFCC game.
    5. Stripping McCree in SD playoff game after Brady threw a game ending/season ending INT or so we thought.
    6. Playing defense, playing well and getting 3 INT's, one against Bledsoe.
    7. All his commercials.
    8. 81 yard bomb for a TD in Miami to win in OT.
    9. Big catch on final drive in Rams Superbowl to help set up winning FG.
    10. Blocked punt and lateral in AFCC game against Pittsburgh.
    11. 101 catches for 1199 yards in 2001.
    12. 252 career punt returns for over 2600 yards and a career avg. of 10.4 yards per PR!
    13. Holding Donald Driver to one catch as a DB.
    14. His catch on his back on 3rd down against the Giants to help the Patriots get to 11-5 and a bye.
    15. Finished his career as the Patriots’ Patriots all-time leading receiver with 557 career receptions. He placed second on the franchise’s receiving yardage list with 6,366 yards. Became the first Patriot in club history to record three 80-catch seasons (97, 2002; 101, 2001; 83, 2000).
    16. When he lined up as a QB in a preseason games.
    17. I still get to see Troy on mohegan sun sports talk every week to give postgame analysis.
    18. Big catch to help win SB 38 with a broken nose suffered early in the game.
    19. Is the Patriots all-time leading receiver in the postseason with 58 catches in 20 playoff games. His 694 career receiving yards in the playoffs also rank first in franchise history.
    20. The day he enters the Patriots Hall of Fame.
    21. Played in 192 games during his 15-year Patriots career, placing him fourth on the team’s all-time games played list.


    '' If you love football so much why did you retire? [Asked by his son]

    Brown: It’s something that’s out of my control. I would love to keep playing but there comes a time when the man upstairs called God, you can’t out run him as much as you try to and want to. He just catches up to you and tells you that you’re 37 years old. You’re knee is supposed to be hurting. You’re hip is not in great shape. You can’t run as fast as you used to. There’s a bunch of 22-year-old guys out there that are taking your place. I’m no longer 22 and in this game. There are very few places for guys that are 37 years old. Therefore, you have to move on and create other goals and things to achieve and you try to push on and achieve those things. It’s a sad day for me too. I saw you out there crying for me and I love you and it’s going to be ok. Daddy’s still going to be around football and he still loves football. If you want to play football he’ll come watch you play and teach you how to play too. As long as you don’t get mad at him when I coach you too hard and when I get on you too hard. That’s just a part of the game. You get older and you’re not able to keep up as well as you used to.
    Therefore you have to leave the game. I’ve got more time too sit down and watch it with you, whenever you want to. That’s what happens. ''
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    Wonderful post. Classic, perfect -- should be saved and stickied somewhere for all time. Thanks.
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    Pats should suit up Troy and let him run a few routes against Ty Law
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    Does anyone know what the plan is for that night's celebration? Is it at halftime?

    Edit: here's the deal:

    Troy Brown Night set for Thursday
    2:07 PM Sun, Nov 09, 2008 | Permalink
    By Shalise Manza Young Email this author | Email this entry
    When the Patriots host the Jets for their first Thursday night game since 2005, they will also celebrate Troy Brown, giving fans the chance to celebrate the recently-retired receiver/returner/cornerback.

    There will be a ceremony for Brown at halftime, and all fans entering the gates will receive a commemorative poster.

    Also, the Hall at Patriot Place will have a special Troy Brown display beginning tomorrow and running through Sunday. Brown's game jerseys, shoes and his favorite practice t-shirt will be among the items available for viewing on the third floor.
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    BINGO!!! V;)ery Nice Post!
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    # 9. His catch was the moment the championship was won. Brady to Brown was like Montana to Rice in the SB against the Bengals. That was the moment that it hit me that we were going to win the thing.

    Thank you Troy Brown!!!!!!!!
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    RETIRE #80!!!!
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    My favorite moment for him wasn't a single moment, it's just the whole story.
    An undersized 8th round draft pick who wasn't suppoesd to do anything in the NFL works his backside off and does whatever his team needs him to do on his way to becoming one of the best players in team history.
    In sports, it just doesn't get any better than that, IMO.
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    also of note,

    Troy Brown has caught TD passes from all of the below

    Tom Brady (many)
    Drew Bledsoe (many)
    Vinny Testeverde (2006 at TEN)
    David Meggett (1997 vs MIA)
    David Patten (2001 at IND)
    Adam Vinatieri (2004 at STL)


    that's quite the collection
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    I'd give my left one to be at this game. There's a zero percent chance that NFLN will show the halftime ceremony.
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    I can't wait for this game, I just got in from the Maritimes and I'm live in Boston!!! I can't wait for the Troy Brown ceremony. When I found out about the ceremony it made my choice of what jersey to wear much easier.
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    Unfortunately I am not sure any of the networks would take time from their oh so important halftime shows (I mean it takes a lot of time to make sure the 12 analysts they keep in studio get a chance to make a joke haha) to show the Troy Brown ceremony... so calling out the NFL Network for that may be unfair.. Call em out for the usual - like not playing nice with Time Warner so I could see the f'n game! lol
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    I was seriously considering coming down to Foxboro for the game when I first heard about Troy Brown night (maybe for the game too :))... but when I thought about it I realized it would be too much of a hassle. I f'in hate Minnesota...

    I guess its good in a sense that I wont be able to watch the ceremony since I know for a fact that I would start crying. Troy Brown is hands down my favorite player of all time of any sport. I dont know of any player that represented the Patriots or the game of football any better than he did... they should definitely retire his number.
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    You know what would make an extra special 'Troy Brown night?'

    Him suit up and head out there as an alternate OLB - Bet he would do it if he was asked
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    man there some single tickets available. I would love to drive down from Halifax for this, going to the game solo would be not as much fun.

    But to see Brown's number retired man, my favorite all time patriot...I wil be mulling over this all day today...

    bahhhh!!!
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    I've been to games by myself before. It's fun and easy to make friends with those around you. And I'm sure you'll be able to find some patsfans friends to hang out with before the game. Unfortunately the weather is supposed to be awful.
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    Halifax Pats Fan, I'm from New Brunswick and am here in Boston to see the game, our 4th person had to back out due to work issues and I'm stuck with a extra ticket...
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    Hate to be Debbie Downer but won't it suck to get a Troy Brown poster on the way in only to have it get ruined by the rain?

    Someone in stadium operations should suggest that they hand it out on the way out.
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    Found this old article on the Browns. Pretty good trip back in time.

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    Corps employee married to NFL star

    Kim Brown, a Corps regulatory specialist with Huntington District, is married to Troy Brown, of the New England Patriots. Also shown is their son, Simon. (Photo courtesy of Huntington District)

    By Elizabeth Slagel
    Huntington District

    Kim Courts Brown is not the average Corps employee.

    Not that there's anything overtly different. The 35-year-old gets up every morning, picks out something to wear, kisses her almost two-year-old son good-bye and goes off to work. An ordinary working life.

    But Brown's salary as a GS-12 regulatory specialist is just two percent of the household income! Her husband is National Football League (NFL) player Troy Brown, who recently signed a $12 million contract for the next five years with the New England Patriots, with a hefty $3 million signing bonus.

    And the next day Kim Courts Brown showed up for work! The question a lot of people ask Brown is "Why?"

    "Me and Troy had this discussion this weekend and he can't understand why I'm working," she said. "I've been working since I was 18 years old."

    The independent career-oriented woman said she never dreamed she would even have a family when pursuing a chemistry degree at Marshall University. Today, she has it all -- family, career, famous husband, and an assured comfortable future.

    But sometimes having it all is not all it is cracked up to be.

    The couple has been together for seven years. They met at a party one night in Huntington, W.Va., while he was playing football for Marshall University and she was starting her career. They facing new challenges as their family grows with Kim and their son Sirmon living in Huntington and Troy living in Boston.

    "Before, being apart wasn't hard," Brown said. "But when you have kids it's hard to get into a family routine, and it's getting harder every day. Sirmon is starting to miss his daddy."

    That's not all. The Brown family has another child on the way, expected sometime in September. "At first Troy was proud of me working and everything," Brown said. "but he misses Sirmon and he wants to see him more. And I can understand that. If the shoe were on the other foot, I'd feel the same way."

    What makes the struggle between work and family so hard for Brown is that she actually loves her job in the North Permit Section of Regulatory Branch. "I think I have the greatest job in the world and I work with great people."

    Brown describes her office as close-knit and considers her coworkers friends rather than counterparts. She works full-time, but often takes leave without pay during the pro football season, averaging a week a month away from work.

    Her work arrangement is not exactly the norm, but it works for her and her office. While some of her coworkers spend a lot of time in the field evaluating sites, Brown can usually be found at her desk reading cumbersome environmental impact reports or writing meticulous statements of finding, something her coworkers do not enjoy.

    Brown's supervisor, Jim Richmond, said that Brown is good at it. "Kim is one of the best analytical thinkers I've ever worked with." Richmond added that Brown's ability to analyze and document her thoughts on paper saves the Corps a lot of scrutiny if and when permits are challenged. So he allows Brown time off when she needs it.

    Brown said she sometimes worries others may view her as getting special treatment. "I try to take on work that no one else wants and before I leave I ask them 'Are you okay with this?'"

    So, like her husband belongs to a professional team, Brown too belongs to a professional team -- the Regulatory Branch team. Her co-workers visit and evaluate projects for her. She writes statements of finding for them. No one keeps score as long as they all win. And Brown asked her husband sign hats for everyone in her office while playing in the 1997 Super Bowl.

    Just as she is a nontraditional Corps employee, so too is she a nontraditional NFL player's wife.

    "Other players and their wives live on a level that we don't," she said. "They make $2 million a year and they live like they make $2 million a year. We live a lot lower than our income level. They start talking about their $200 hairdos and I say, 'That's crazy. I pay $15 for mine.'"

    Brown said Troy has a conservative approach to money. About 75 percent of his earnings go to investments or charity. If his football career were to end today, they could not work another day and still live comfortably. "That's a nice feeling," Brown said.

    Although most of Brown's co-workers would deem one year of her husband's salary means for early retirement, she said she doesn't feel any different from others. When coworker Mark Taylor first came to work for Permits Section, he had followed Troy Brown's career and was surprised when someone told him his coworker was married to him. "Kim never treated it as anything."

    "They call me Granny Clampett," Brown said of her co-workers. "When we go out to lunch I order water instead of soda or the least expensive thing on the menu. I live the same way I lived before."

    That does not erase the fact that everyone at work, in town, and the country knows Troy Brown's salary. Brown shrugs it off. "People don't treat me any different, I think because I don't act any different."

    Despite her humble attitude, Brown is proud of her husband who has played for the New England Patriots since 1993. His awards to include winning the Unsung Hero Award for two years, and the Courage Award for the quickest recovery from an injury.

    While some NFL players have a bad reputation, Brown describes her husband as a responsible player and father who shakes his head at the recklessness of other players. The Blackville, S.C. native agreed to make Huntington his home when they married in 1997. "He's made a sacrifice to stay here because my family is here. I don't think I tell him enough how much I appreciate him. He's very generous in taking care of me and giving me everything I need or want. I'm making it harder with not quitting this job."

    Although Brown mostly avoids the glitz and fame associated with the NFL life, she does enjoy perks here and there like free trips to the Bahamas or Las Vegas. "It's kind of neat when we go to a nice restaurant in Boston without a reservation and we get the best seat in the house because my husband is Troy Brown," she said.

    While some people could easily get used to the privileged lifestyle associated with professional football, Brown struggles for normalcy. "It's tough, and it's getting harder every day. There's a time coming when I'm going to have to make the decision do I want to work or be with my family. I may have to make it sooner than later. I think Troy thinks I'll leave after the baby is born. I don't know. We'll see."
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    I was wondering that myself, maybe, just maybe they'll already be wrapped. Just like if you were to buy it at a store.
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    From Mike Reiss.

    Troy Brown Night
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    A collage of Troy Brown images grace the cover of tonight's Gameday program as the Patriots honor his 15-year career with the team on the night of a key AFC East clash with the New York Jets.

    On page 3 of the program, a letter from Brown appears under the heading, "A few words for the New England Patriots faithful." Here's the transcript of the letter:

    As you may have heard, earlier this season, I announced that my playing days are over. Why now? Well, there comes a time when the body sends a clear message to the mind – it’s time to move on. The reality is that I’m leaving both healthy and happy. Over the last few weeks I've been fortunate to thank so many people – my coaches through the years, my teammates, my family and many others. Today, I want to personally thank you, the tried and true New England fans.

    Here, in New England, both loud and proud, the fans make a difference. I know that firsthand. You gave me a chance. From the beginning, this kid from Blackville, South Carolina felt as if he belonged. At every turn, you made me feel right at home. During good seasons and bad, I tried to win your respect, earn every yard, finish every play. Through the years, you connected with the person beneath the pads. I truly appreciate you sticking by me through it all. I’d also like to thank our ultimate fan who 14 years ago bought a struggling franchise, kept us here in New England, built the best stadium in the NFL, and invested in helping us become three-time champions.

    As for what lies ahead, the playbook is wide open. I’m ready to tackle life’s new challenges, as long as it doesn’t mean I have to actually tackle someone. It was an honor and privilege to represent this team, and I feel so fortunate to have only one jersey hanging in my closet.

    In the coming days, you will catch me next to you, in the stands, cheering for all of New England’s great sports teams. You may see me adding my two cents to the games on television. You will definitely catch me out in the community, lending a hand to worthy charities and exploring some business options. I hope to face it all with the same energy and enthusiasm you inspired -- with two feet on the ground, in bounds, ready to hit the ground running.

    Thanks for all that you have meant to me during these 15 years,

    Troy Brown
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    :(

    Things seem different now.....
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    Thanks Troy. You consistently made watching football fun for me, more than any other player. Your the epitomy of what a football player and a man should be.
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