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New England Patriots Links 9/14/12 - Troy Brown to be Inducted into Patriots Hall of Fame Saturday

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Vince Wilfork on Troy Brown: <em>"You hear people talk all the time about what it means to be a Patriot. He’s a walking Patriot."</em>
Vince Wilfork on Troy Brown: "You hear people talk all the time about what it means to be a Patriot. He’s a walking Patriot."

Tom E. Curran notes Troy Brown is going into the Patriots Hall of Fame this weekend. For many, he represents more than any other player the "new era" Patriots.

"Great career," said Belichick. "I can’t think of anybody more deserving to go in than him. Special player – came in very unheralded, worked his way up on the roster offensively. Returned kicks, ended up playing for us defensively, championships, played at a very high level and played his best football in big games. Troy was a great leader. Worked as hard as anybody, unselfishly, always did what we asked him to do from a team standpoint whether it was block, catch passes, return kicks, cover kicks, cover receivers. He truly was a good player in all three phases of the game, an outstanding player offensively and in the kicking game. Always did it for the good of the team and he was a big reason why we won a lot of games while I was coaching while he was here. You can never really replace a guy like that; he’s just special. Very deserving."

Mark Daniels reports Troy Brown worked his way into the Hall of Fame.

Brown spent his entire 14-year career with the Patriots and he did it all — caught passes, returned kicks and punts and even played defense. He finished his career with 557 receptions, 6,366 receiving yards and 31 touchdowns. When he retired, he was the Patriots’ all-time leader in receptions, but even more importantly he won three Super Bowl rings and was an integral part of the foundation of the team’s winning tradition.

In the 2001 AFC Championship game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Brown returned a punt 55 yards for a touchdown that proved to be crucial in getting the Patriots to Super Bowl XXXVI against the St. Louis Rams. It’s a play he calls, "probably one of my all-time favorites."

Then against the Rams, Brown caught a 23-yard pass from Tom Brady [stats] to set up Adam Vinatieri’s game-winning 48-yard field goal. When he looks back on it all, Brown credits the work ethic he learned while growing up in Blackville, S.C.

"I enjoy working hard. I enjoy grinding it out. I enjoy sweating," said Brown. "I enjoy doing all the things of labor and going through the pains and agonys of hard labor. That’s the way I was brought up and the way I was raised. I’ve been working like manual labor since I was 9 or 10 years old. That’s just me."