Troy Brown at NFL journalism boot camp

Patriots Hall of Famer Troy Brown is participating in the first-ever NFL Sports Journalism & Communications Boot Camp at Bowling Green State University, and he checked in Wednesday afternoon to provide an update.

If there is a connection between his playing days and what he's learning, it's the ability to deliver when the clock is winding down.

"We're going through the journalism part of it, and getting stuff in on deadlines, and it's tougher than I thought," Brown said. "I had great thoughts on a piece I was doing yesterday, but had to meet deadline and it didn't come out very well. Getting experience on that side of it, putting thoughts on paper, is pretty cool."

Brown is among 23 current and former NFL players participating in the four-day boot camp (May 13-16), which is one of 10 training programs for post-NFL careers that NFL Player Engagement offers to current and former players.

The four-day program focuses on improving each player’s writing skills for newspapers, radio, and the expanding digital media industry. A field exercise at a Toledo Mud Hens home game will include a mock press conference as part of the player’s game coverage. Players will write and record their own radio commentary as part of one of the other planned exercises.

Former Patriots linebacker Matt Chatham, who contributes to the Boston Herald and is an analyst on sports radio WEEI, is one of the "faculty" members. Brown, of course, is already well on his way from having worked on television (Comcast Sports Net) and radio (WEEI) in Boston.

"I had no ambition to be in media whatsoever [when I was playing], but it turns out I really like it, and now I think I've talked more than ever before," Brown cracked. "It's been great for me and brought me out of my shell. I come to these [programs] and now I interact better with the guys. It helps me out socially."

One football question for Brown from our chat: Any thoughts on Danny Amendola being issued his No. 80?

"I know a little about him, great slot receiver, makes some plays," Brown answered. "But I don't get caught up in a lot of things like that. I'm cool with it. As long as he goes out and plays like a Patriot, I'm good."