I’m a little teary-eyed at the moment upon learning Troy Brown has retired. There’s been so many moments, so many big game… knowing that Troy Brown won’t be there anymore is weird.
I have said this many times before, but screw it, I’ll say it again. Troy has been a Patriot as long as I’ve been a fan. Back in the day, when Terry Glenn would get hurt, Troy would step in. When Shawn Jefferson left, Troy stepped up. When Drew Bledsoe went down, Troy was there to help rear Tom Brady. Half of the secondary goes down, who steps in? Troy. Need another quarterback? Troy’s there. He’s done EVERYTHING for the Patriots.
People talk about Bill Belichick showing loyalty to no one but even carrying Troy on the roster last season, for no reason, shows his feelings toward the eternal Patriot. And Troy has shown that loyalty in return, taking a hometown discount instead of playing for New Orleans, and again this off season, as we now know, he turned down an opportunity to play for the Jets because it “didn’t feel right.” Other players like Willie McGinest and Drew Bledsoe will always be Patriots despite ending their careers with other teams. But Troy will ALWAYS be a Patriot. Truly.
And last year’s miffed punt aside, one of Troy’s last moments as a Patriots was another of a long list of exciting plays… you know what I’m talking about… stripping Marlon McCree of his interception in the 2006 playoffs. The thing that always stands out in my mind about Troy is that he lacked that God-given talent like a T.O. or Randy but through work and perseverance, he made the big plays.
Oh man, I’m going to miss him like crazy. I hope he stays active within the organization like Andre Tippett or the Steves (Nelson and Grogan). I’m sure he will.