Thursday, January 16, 2014

Throwback Thursday – Troy Brown

Any A11 Football League team would be very lucky to end up with a player as versatile and productive as former New England Patriot Troy Brown.

Brown starred for 15 seasons (1993-2007) with the Patriots after being drafted in the eighth round (there are seven rounds in the National Football League Draft these days) by New England in 1993. He did so mostly as a wide receiver/return specialist, but Brown also added defensive back to his position line later in his career.

The three-time Super Bowl champion retired as the Patriots’ all-time receptions leader, finishing with 557 catches for 6,366 yards and 31 touchdowns in 192 career games. His best three-season stretch, by far, was 2000-2, during which Brown caught 281 passes.

Also on offense, Brown ran the ball 29 times for 178 yards during his NFL career, including 11 runs for 91 yards in 2001.

Brown was a prolific punt returner, as well, taking 252 boots back for 2,625 and three touchdowns. As a kickoff returner early in his career, he averaged 21.4 yards on 87 returns.

In all, Brown scored 35 touchdowns in his NFL career, including one on a 75-yard fumble return in 1995. And it could be argued that Brown had one of the best all-around seasons in league history in 2001 – a career-high 101 catches for 1,199 yards and five touchdowns, the aforementioned 11-for-91 rushing, a 14.2-yard average and two touchdowns on 29 punt returns and a kickoff return for 13 yards.

It was in 2004, however, when Brown began to add the moniker of “ballhawk” to his resume. Brown picked off three passes for 22 yards in returns – and did so as an emergency slot cornerback. In fact, his three picks were tied for second on the team with linebacker Tedy Bruschi, and ranked only behind safety Eugene Wilson, that season.

There is a good chance you saw see some A11FL players go both ways. Fans and coaches alike can only hope if they do, they will be as good as Troy Brown.

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