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Saturday, September 15, 2012
Troy Brown inducted in Patriots HOF

By Mike Rodak

Troy Brown
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Troy Brown became the 19th member of the Patriots Hall of Fame on Saturday evening at Gillette Stadium.

The 41-year-old former receiver, who entered the league as an eighth-round draft pick in 1993, played 15 seasons for the Patriots. He retired after the 2007 season.

"It was a great feeling," Brown said of putting on the team's red hall of fame blazer. "To put it on today in front of everybody, and they got to see it, and my mom got to see it, my kids, and other hall of famers that were here got to see it, and then to join those guys on stage, it's an unbelievable feeling and in my eyes there's no greater honor that you can receive."

At one point, a group of Brown's former teammates -- quarterback Drew Bledsoe, cornerback Ty Law, linebacker Tedy Bruschi and running back Kevin Faulk -- joined him on stage for a panel discussion, sharing stories from Brown's long career in New England.

"We can talk about [the Pro Football Hall of Fame in] Canton and all those things, and who goes into there, but that's not the same, because these people out here who supported me, and cheered for me, booed me, got after me because they demanded more ... if it wasn't for them voting for me, then I wouldn't be in the Patriots Hall of Fame," Brown said. "This is all I ever cared about: what [the fans] thought, what my teammates thought, and what the coaches thought."

At his request, Brown was introduced to the crowd by the Jay-Z song "Encore," which he and Law danced to at their post-Super Bowl parade rally in 2004. Brown began and ended his induction speech with the same lyric from the song: "I came, I saw, I conquered."

Brown concluded his panel discussion by declaring, "We got bingo!" -- a crowd-favorite line that he used at that 2004 Super Bowl victory parade in downtown Boston.

Other former teammates in attendance included receiver Deion Branch, tackle Matt Light, guard Joe Andruzzi, linebacker Matt Chatham, running back Patrick Pass, guard Russ Hochstein and linebacker Eric Alexander.

The 90-minute ceremony, held annually since the construction of the team's hall of fame in 2008, also served as an opportunity to honor Gino Cappelletti, who retired this summer after several decades of serving as color analyst for the team's radio broadcasts.

Team president Jonathan Kraft told the crowd that the 78-year old Cappelletti deserves induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, while also presenting him with a commemorative painting by Phil Bissell, the artist of the original "Pat Patriot" logo. Bissell was also in attendance.

Owner Robert Kraft announced that Cappelletti and his longtime broadcast partner Gil Santos, who will retire after this season, will be honored in the team's regular-season finale against Miami on Dec. 30.