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Ask PFW special: So long, Mr. Patriot

One of the greatest playmakers in New England history called it a career Thursday at Gillette Stadium, leaving Ask PFW and Patriots Nation with only fond memories of the great Troy Brown.

Please pass this along to Troy. Touchdown Troy Brown! Thanks for the great memories. You will always be one of the greatest Patriots ever.
Ed Ayres

I hope that my comments can some how make it back to Troy Brown. Troy Brown is one of the greatest players to don a Patriots uniform. The way he played the game with all his passion and commitment should be the model that we hold all players to. His contribution to the team is incalculable. He has made for some of the greatest moments in Patriots history and it will be a great sadness to never watch him play again. I hope that whatever Troy Brown does with the rest of his life brings him great success. Speaking for myself and the rest of the Patriot Nation we thank you for everything you have done and to say good bye to one of the greatest players to wear an NFL uniform.
Britt Mcphee

I just wanted to take a moment and thank Troy Brown for the memories. He wasn't the fastest receiver or a large target but always managed to get open for a clutch first down or score when the team needed it most. He kept quiet and went about his job in an unselfish manner. Troy was the definition of a team player, now an endangered species. Thanks again #80, wish you luck in your retirement.Paul DeResta, Ocala , Fla.

I just wanted to thank Troy Brown for all that he did for the team and for the fans. He will truly be missed.J.C.

I just watched the retirement of Troy Brown, and it was hard to hold back the tears. That guy is awesome. Now that Troy has retired, do you guys feel that he will go into the Hall of Fame? And do you think the Patriots will retire the number 80? For Brown's and [Irving] Fryer's excellent work they have done here? It would be fitting that no one else wears that number. Seems how it was worn by only two people for about 20 or 30 yrs. what's your take on it PFW? Thanks. Live long and prosper Troy. We all are going to miss you.Dan Paulin

Thursday's press conference at which Brown officially announced his retirement was one of the best I've ever had the opportunity to attend. The entire production -- including photos from Brown's career covering the walls of the media workroom at Gillette Stadium as well as a continuous slideshow of photos on a projections screen -- was especially well done. Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick spoke, I thought, very honestly and emotionally about one of the great players in franchise history. The true honor and gratefulness in Belichick's words were extremely refreshing and clearly very heartfelt.
Then when Brown took center stage, the emotion really began flow. His comments were very well thought out except, appropriately, his struggles to close them out. He clearly fought with his decision to retire and I feel for him. But he has nothing to regret; he left nothing to prove. Brown, as fans across Patriots Nation have said, is one of the greatest Patriots of all time and one of the great clutch playmakers the entire NFL has ever seen. His key plays are truly the stuff that Super Bowl victories were built on. Coming up with a list of Brown's career highlights is a monumental task. There're just too many to pick from. They came in all three phases of the game. They came in the regular season. They came, more often, in the postseason. Some show up in the stats. Some don't. But they all came together to build an incredible 15-year legacy that will never be forgotten and will not soon, nay never, be repeated. Brown is a true one-of-a-kind.
Brown is the consummate Patriots Hall of Famer and will be enshrined at The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon when he becomes eligible in a few years. In the meantime the team will honor Brown on Nov. 13, the team's Thursday night primetime meeting with the Jets, with "Troy Brown Night" at Gillette Stadium. I doubt Brown's number will be retired, though, as the Patriots, like most football teams, are shying away from that practice. There just aren't enough numbers to go around in a sport that has 80 players in training camp and 60-plus used on the roster throughout the season. Brown will be honored both this season and in the future for his years of service and great career. And I, for one, look forward to the day he's enshrined in The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon.
On a personal level, I always enjoyed my run-ins with Brown. He was always very cordial, polite and pretty honest. He's one of those guys that looks every reporter in the eye when he answers a question, even at times when dancing around the issue in true Patriots fashion. My fondest memory from Brown is from a couple years back. I approached Brown, alone at his locker, to talk to him about a feature I was working on. As I did, beneath his breath he whispered, "Watch this." He then started making a Ryan Leaf-like scene by talking loudly and saying things like, "Man, why would you ask a question like that? Don't bring that stuff to my locker." I, sort of caught off guard by the impromptu act, turned a little red. But by that time Brown had a huge smile on his face and said, "Just kidding. What do you need, man?" And he proceeded to answer each of my questions with in respectful manner he always did. A man who had so many jobs with the team understood that those of us in the media were just doing ours. It's a pretty simple thing to say, but few players truly treat the media that way. Brown did.
In the end Brown will be missed on the field and in the locker room. He truly is an all-time great. And I still say, this very day, that if I needed a third-and-seven catch Brown would be the first guy I'd call for the job. I'll say the same thing 20 years from now. Father Time may have caught up to him. He might not be able to compete with the young guns of the league on a daily basis, but for one down, one battle, I'd put my money on Troy Brown any day.
Andy Hart

With Troy Brown now officially retired, is there any chance that he stays with the Pats as an assistant coach, or does he have plans to do something else?Shane Hanson

Brown said yesterday that he'll be around. Part of that started last night when he made his first appearance as an analyst for Comcast SportsNet. Brown will continue doing work for the network in the future. He'll also be continuing his many works in the community via charitable events and business endeavors. He's also looking to spend a lot of time with his family, his kids in particular, but left the door open to return to the game in some form (coaching, front office, etc.) down the road at some point when his boys are grown. We haven't seen the last of Brown, and that's a good thing for us.
Andy Hart

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