New England Patriots Links 6/06/12 - Troy Brown Feels the Love, Expresses Gratitude to Appreciative Fans

Troy Brown thanks Robert Kraft and his family "for all they’ve done for football, New England, myself, my children and everybody else." Plus Myra always made it clear he was her favorite.

Christopher Price posts the complete transcript of Troy Brown's Q&A with the media Tuesday.

When you look at this accomplishment and honor, do you get a little bit nostalgic for how things started for you with the Patriots?

"Yeah, somewhat. You look back on it – and I always look back on it – where I started from and how shaky things were and how unsure things were for me for a long time wearing that Patriots uniform. I think it was like seven years in there where it was always pretty unstable for me. I look back on it now and I realize now how much the fans really did appreciate what I was doing when, at times, it seemed like some other people around the organization didn’t seem to realize that. When it comes down to it, I always played hard for my teammates and played hard for my coaches no matter who it was and ownership and you really wanted to go out there and make our fans happy. I think that now that I realize how much they appreciated the way I played the game, it does make me feel really good."

How would you rate yourself on the basis of natural ability?

"I was always athletic. I didn’t have some of the skills that you see a lot of the athletes have. I could jump, I was quick, I could catch and all those types of things, but when it came to just flat out speed, that was something I had to work really hard at. I got better and I got faster and I think it showed. When I hit 28, 29 years old – I was probably 30 years old – I was running my best times ever in the 40-yard dash. That worked out in my favor. Maybe I don’t have all the things that you would think a guy my size would have, but I think I read some quotes from Bill [Belichick] and it’s kind of hard to make up for some of those things, but when you have the heart and determination to go out there and get something done and you go out there and you play the game like you love it, you can make up for a lot of things that you don’t have." ...

Jeff Howe notes Matt Light announces plans for his next 'Celebrity Shoot-out.'

Patriots owner Robert Kraft had a great line while discussing the Celebrity Shoot-Out last month during Light’s retirement ceremony. Kraft recalled the first time Light described the event and thought about the prospects of a bunch of teammates heading into the woods with guns before he quipped, "What could possibly go wrong?"

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