FOXBOROUGH -- Troy Brown is a Patriot through and through, taking great pride in having played his entire career with the franchise.
Today, with members of the club's 50th anniversary team gathered at the Patriots Hall of Fame, Brown was asked if there was ever a chance he would have played elsewhere.
"I think in the bottom of my heart, I always knew I wasn't going anywhere," he answered. "You always have to explore your options and see what's out there. At the end of the day, I always made the decision that this was the right place for me."
Yet there were times that Brown almost left the franchise.
Over his 14-year career, he visited the Jets twice, most recently in 2008 before retiring. The Saints made a strong push for him as a free agent in 2006 and in 2000, he took a free-agent visit to Kansas City.
Brown said he received a call from Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis while visiting the Chiefs. Had that call not been made, he would have been a Chief.
On a day for Patriots nostalgia, Brown was also asked to share some stories from the old Foxboro Stadium. One that stood out to him was the AFC Championship game against the Jaguars from the 1996 season, when the power went out.
"It was extremely cold," Brown recalled. "We came in and took a shower, and there was no hot water. It was muddy, we were all sweaty, and you felt [bad] when you came in and you couldn't take a warm shower. But you still loved playing in that place. The crowd was right on top of you, and you couldn't ask for anything better."
Brown said he's splitting time between West Virginia and Massachusetts. He has an ownership stake in Narragansett Beer, and continues to serve as a football analyst on Comcast Sports Net.
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