This morning, Troy Brown announced that his career in the NFL is officially over.
Brown went to college at Marshall, where he was a major offensive weapon, averaging a touchdown on just about every eight times he touched the ball in his last two years there.
He was drafted by the New England Patriots in 1993 and remained a Patriot throughout his career. He holds the team record for receptions with 557 and is second on the franchise's receiving-yardage list with 6,366 yards.
In 2004, Brown also started contributing on defense when the Patriots began having troubles with injuries. It was nothing short of amazing the way he was able to step in and play both ways with such impact.
In fact, he became the only player in Patriots history to record a reception and an interception in the same game (against Buffalo on Nov. 14, 2004).
But, in addition to his uncommon stability and performance on the field, his conduct off the field was also extremely admirable.
He has participated in the NomarBowl over the last few years to support the Nomar5 fund. He's also participated in the annual ROSE fund dinner. In addition to that, Troy has also taken part in many charitable golf tournaments and kickoff events, including the huge role he has played with the United Way as a national spokesman.
The list just keeps going. He took part in the Fifth Annual Joshua Frase Foundation Muscle Dream Team Bash, attended the Salvation Army's annual Christmas party at Gillette Stadium, and took 200 underprivileged inner city kids shopping for Christmas, who otherwise wouldn't have been able to.
This past summer, he also held his first Troy Brown Football Camp.
In 2004, Troy earned the New England Patriots Ron Burton Community Service Award for his commitment to the community and helping others.
Needless to say, the NFL would have a much more healthy status in the media if there were more folks like Troy Brown in the league.
Brown has stated that he passed on opportunities to play for other teams in the 2008 season, because it just wouldn't feel right. He will join Comcast SportsNet as an NFL Analyst, and will make his debut tonight on the Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight show at 10 PM EDT.
Thank you so much for everything that you've done in the NFL, everything that you've done off the field, and for affecting millions of lives all over the planet, Troy. Your generosity and poise will not be forgotten.