Four Patriots will take part in tomorrow's Pro Bowl game in Hawaii, the most the team has sent in a single season since five made the trip in 1997. Lawyer Milloy, Tom Brady, Troy Brown and Ty Law will be members of the AFC squad in the 32nd edition of the game.
This will mark the first time in 23 games in Honolulu that the contest will take place on Saturday (4:30 p.m. kickoff, ABC-TV).
Milloy is the most experienced Pro Bowler among the Patriots. This is the third trip for the strong safety, who also went in 1998 and '99. Law is the only other repeat player after garnering Co-MVP honors in 1998 with an interception return for a touchdown in the AFC's 23-10 win.
Brady and Brown are first-timers but each took drastically different routes. Brady completed just his second NFL season and came off the bench to replace Drew Bledsoe after The Franchise went down with a chest injury in Week Two. Brady responded by winning 14 of his 17 starts, capping it off with a beautiful two-minute drill to win the Super Bowl last week over the Rams.
Brown finished his ninth season with the Patriots and enjoyed his best campaign ever. He set a team record with 101 receptions and was hands-down the team's MVP. He returned three punts for touchdowns – including one in the AFC title game win over Pittsburgh – and made the key play late against the Rams with a 23-yard reception that got the Patriots in field goal range.
Brown originally was snubbed for the honor but got an invitation when Denver's Rod Smith was unable to go because of an injury. Law also was an alternate at first and benefited similarly when Oakland's Charles Woodson decided to sit out because of a toe injury.
All four attended Wednesday's parade and rally in Boston and traveled to Hawaii via Owner Robert Kraft's private jet and took part in most of the week's activities.