This is a very workman like autobiography of Troy Brown. And that’s fitting, because Troy Brown was a very workman like special teamer and wide receiver for the New England Patriots for 15 years.
The first few chapters Brown tells about his life growing up very poor in South Carolina and sports being his primary outlet. Being on the smaller side he had to work hard and out compete other players to get ahead. His entire football career is defined by that.
While he had a standout career in high school, he was not highly recruited and ended up playing junior college. Luckily he caught the eye of a coach at Marshall University in West Virginia and received one of the last scholarships. He went on to have an excellent career at Marshall winning the 1992 Division I-AA National Championship as a receiver and kick returner.
Troy Brown was drafted in the 8th round by the New England Patriots in the 1993 draft and almost didn’t even make the team. He was cut at the end of Preseason and thought his football dream was dead, but luckily for the Patriots, Coach Bill Parcells re-signed him in October. He spent most of his first seven seasons with the Patriots primarily as a kick returner, and slowly got a chance to start getting in the rotation as receiver as time went on.
His first year as a full-time starter was 2000, when new coach Bill Belichick saw something in his work ethic and talent that he really liked. It was the right call. In 2001 Brown had 101 catches and a pivotal role in the offensive as New England went on to upset the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI. He also had an excellent year in 2002.
But, when 2003 rolled around, Troy Brown was relegated to a lesser role in the receiving care. He had been in the league 10 years at the point and the younger, fresher legs of the likes of Deion Branch were highlighted. But Brown played a pivotal when New England went on to win back to back Super Bowls in Super Bowls XXXVIII and XXXIX.
Troy admits being upset that he didn’t start in the Super bowl XXXVIII against the Panthers but he played a pivotal role catching eight passes for 76 yards. The following year Brown spent larges amounts of time playing defensive back because of injuries and again played a pivotal role in Super Bowl XXXIX covering the Philadelphia Eagles slot receivers. He is a jack of all trades.
Troy Brown certainly didn’t want to retire after his 15 years in the league but father time caught up with him. He had a great career as a lifelong New England Patriot.
This book will give the reader lots of insights into the character of Troy Brown and what it was like to be on championship winning teams and what it means to persevere. In this case the underdog comes out on top.
Here is my tribute to Troy Brown written the day I heard he was announcing his retirement: https://cdbaker.wordpress.com/2008/09/21/tribute-to-troy-brown/