Troy Brown is a player that New England Patriots’ fans still remember to this day. Brown spent his entire NFL career with the Patriots and had a lot of success. During his 15-year career with the Patriots, Brown won multiple titles.
After he retired, Brown served as an analyst, and recently he started coaching. Brown continues to make an impact for the team he spent his entire career with.
Troy Brown was a standout in college before entering the league
Before he began his career with the Patriots, Brown played his college football at Marshall University. He played wide receiver, punt returner, and kick returner. In 1991, he led Division I-AA in both kickoff and punt return average. During his time at Marshall, Brown was part of a national championship team. He also set an NCAA record for his career kickoff return average with 29.69 yards per return.
Brown was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2010. After his time at Marshall, Brown started his NFL career. The Patriots drafted him in the eighth round of the 1993 NFL draft. When he first joined the team, he did not receive much playing time. During the 1997 season, Brown posted career-high numbers at the time. He had 41 receptions for 607 yards and six touchdowns.
Brown made the most of his playing time, and during the 2000 season, he became a starter. During that season, Brown had 83 receptions for 944 yards and four touchdowns as he started in 15 of the 16 regular-season games. Throughout his career in New England, Brown had to work hard to receive playing time, and he made sure to make the most of his time on the field.
Brown won three Super Bowls with the Patriots
During the 2001 season, he recorded 101 catches for 1,199 yards and five touchdowns. Brown set the franchise record for receptions and was named to his first and only Pro Bowl team. The Patriots won their first-ever Super Bowl championship that season too, giving Brown his first title. Brown won two more titles with the Patriots in back-to-back seasons in 2003 and 2004.
He played on the offensive and defensive side of the ball during his time in New England. His last season was in 2007, and he retired at the age of 36. Brown is the Patriots’ all-time leading punt returner with 252 returns for 2,625 yards and three touchdowns. He is second all-time in Patriots history in receptions with 557 and third all-time in receiving yards with 6,366. Brown was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame after an impressive season, and he was named to the Patriots 50th Anniversary team. Recently Brown was named to the Patriots All-Dynasty team as a wide receiver.
Brown joining the Patriots as a coach
In 2019, Brown was coaching with the Patriots, but he wasn’t officially on staff. He was assisting with wide receivers coach Joe Judge. Brown officially joined the coaching staff in 2020, but he’s not coaching receivers. He serves as the running backs/kick returners coach. You would think that since he spent his career primarily as a wide receiver, he would coach wide receivers. But Bill Belichick wants the people on his staff to grow in different capacities.
“We’ve moved a couple coaches around this year,” Belichick said in an article from masslive.com. “I think just expanding their — coaching at different positions, coaching different players, helps them become better all-around coaches.” Brown will continue to make an impact no matter what role he serves on the team.