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Update 9/25: Troy Brown has in fact announced his retirement after 15 seasons with the New England Patriots.
Brown retires as the all-time leading receiver for the Patriots with 557 career catches. Known for making smart decisions on the football field, Brown is most recently known for his heads-up play against the Chargers in the 2006 playoffs.
With five minutes left in the game and the Pats down 21-13 on 4th and 5, Tom Brady threw what normally would be a game-ending interception to the Chargers’ Marlon McCree. Brown instinctively went right for the ball and forced McCree to fumble it. Reche Caldwell recovered, the Pats scored and tied the game with a two-point conversion, then shockingly won it with a field goal.
9/24: The Patriots Wednesday announced that WR Troy Brown will join coach Bill Belichick and owner Bob Kraft for an ‘important announcement’ for Thursday morning at 10am. Now before everyone (like SoB’s KC) gets excited that the old No. 80 is going to come back in on a white horse and save the Patriots, reports are the Brown is set to retire from the NFL. Belichick hasn’t ruled out a return for Brown in an emergency, but sources close to the 37-year-old seem to think he’s ready to move on to a media job.
We’ll see what happens…
My Take: My first reaction to seeing the announcement of the press conference was that Brown is coming back. But after reading more into the story it seems very likely Brown is set to retire. The Patriots struggles aside, Brown really wouldn’t solve any of the Patriots problems. He’s the Patriots all-time receptions leader with 557 and he was integral in the dynasty here in New England.