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Season provided smattering of highlights

The 2000 season was a frustrating one for the New England Patriots, but several individual players posted impressive achievements. From wide receiver Troy Brown being named the team's Player of the Year to Tedy Bruschi getting the Shaw's 12th Player Award, here is a smattering of the highlights the team produced in 2000.



            **Bruce Armstrong**  

-Moved ahead of Julius Adams (206) as the Patriots all-time leader in games played when he started against Cincinnati on Nov. 19. He ended the season with a team-record 212 games played, all coming in starts.
-Became just the 10th player in league history to play in three decades with the same team when he started at left tackle in the opener against Tampa Bay.

Drew Bledsoe
-Became New England's all-time leading passer when he broke Steve Grogan's mark of 26,886 with a 26-yard pass to Kevin Faulk in the second quarter of the team's victory over Denver in Week 4.
-Passed for more than 3,000 yards for the seventh consecutive season, becoming just the fourth quarterback in league history to do so. The others were Dan Marino (nine times), Brett Favre (nine) and John Elway (seven).



            **Troy Brown**  

-Voted as the Patriots Player of the Year.
-Pass David Meggett for second place on the Patriots all-time leading punt return yardage list during a loss to Buffalo on Nov. 5.
-Finished the season eighth on the team's all-time receptions list with 220 for his career.
-Set a career high with 12 receptions against Kansas City on Dec. 4 and a career best with two touchdown catches against Denver on Oct. 1.
-Named Patriots Miller Lite Player of the Game five times.

Tedy Bruschi
-Voted as the Shaw's Supermarket 12th Player Award winner.
-Finshed second on the team with 105 tackles, marking his second straight season with more than 100 stops.



            **Chad Eaton**  

-Named NFL Special Teams Player of the Week and Patriots Miller Lite Player of the Game honors after blocking two field goals in a victory over Buffalo on Dec. 17.
-Also had 12 tackles and 1.5 sacks in the win over Buffalo.

Terry Glenn
-Became the seventh player in team history to record 250 catches and the sixth Patriot with 4,000 yards receiving for a career.
-Named Patriots Miller Lite Player of the Game with five catches for 63 yards and one touchdown in the Dec. 10 loss at Chicago.
-Finished the season fourth in team history for both receptions (315) and receiving yards (4,465).



            **Lee Johnson**  

-Set NFL records for career punts (1,163) at Buffalo on Dec. 17 with his third attempt of the game, which broke Dave Jennings' record of 1,154.
-Needs just 44 yards to pass Rohn Stark (49,471) for the record for total punt yardage.

Lawyer Milloy
-Named Patriots Miller Lite Player of the Game with 11 tackles and a forced fumble at Miami on Sept. 24.
-Led the team with 121 tackles.
-Recorded his 17th career interception against Cincinnati on Nov. 19, which moved him into a tie for 12th place in team history with Steve Nelson and Tim Fox.



            **Adam Vinatieri**  

-Became the third player in team history to score 500 points when he converted an extra point following a Bledsoe-to-Glenn touchdown against Indianapolis on Oct. 8.
-Became only the third player in league history to record at least 100 points in his first five seasons, joining Jan Stenerud and Jason Elam.
-Won Patriots Miller Lite Player of the Game honors with a three-field goal performance at Detroit on Thanksgiving Day.
-Made the longest outdoor field goal of his career with a 53-yard kick against Kansas City on Dec. 4.

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