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Former I-AA Great Tony Brown of Marshall to be Enshrined in HOF
Thousands of college football fans from across the country will join the National Football Foundation from July 16-17 at the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind., for the organization’s annual Enshrinement Festival, which will pay tribute to the storied careers of Troy Brown from Marshall along with 23 other football standouts as they are formally enshrined into the Hall of Fame.
“We are very pleased to have the opportunity to enshrine another exceptional class of college football legends,” said NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell. “Each year our hard-working honors courts do an outstanding job ensuring the game’s greatest players and coaches find their place on college football’s mountain top. We look forward to celebrating in South Bend with this amazing class and their loyal fans from around the country.”
As a key member of Marshall’s 1992 Division I-AA National Championship team, Troy Brown was considered the single-most dangerous scoring threat in all of Division I-AA history. As both a receiver and a kick returner, Brown led Marshall to back-to-back Division I-AA Championship games. His senior year, Brown earned First Team All-America honors and finished his career with 139 receptions for 2,746 years and 24 touchdowns. On special teams he earned 1,825 return yards and four touchdowns. During Marshall’s victory in the Division I-AA Championship game, Brown secured the win by intercepting a Hail Mary pass by Youngstown State.
After his senior season, Brown went on to play for the New England Patriots for 14 years. With the Patriots, he won three Super Bowls and in 2001 was an NFL Pro Bowl Selection. In 2001, Brown, along with Tom Brady, led the Patriots to their first ever Super Bowl victory. In 2007, Brown became the Patriots player with the second longest running tenure. Brown is the Patriot’s all-time leading punt returner with 252 returns and also leads in receptions with 557. He served as the Patiots team captain for five seasons. Brown now works as an NFL anaylst on Comcast SportsNet and holds an annual football camp with former college teammate Mike Bartrum. In 2002, he was inducted into the Marshall Hall of Fame.
Fans have a variety of opportunities to meet and mingle with the enshrinees during this spectacular event. The jam-packed weekend will include a celebrity golf tournament, a fan festival, a grand parade, a youth football clinic, a fireworks spectacular with the celebration culminating with the Enshrinement Dinner & Show on Saturday evening.
“The College Football Hall of Fame is honored to host so many notable contributors to the game in South Bend, celebrating this tremendous accolade,” said College Football Hall of Fame Executive Director Lisa Klunder. “Enshrinement in the College Football Hall of Fame is a rare distinction shared by only the most accomplished players, and our festival boasts a myriad of events to highlight this extraordinary achievement.”
Tickets for all events are on sale now. Space is limited for certain events. For events, pricing, times, tickets or for more information on Troy Brown and his enshrinement into the Hall of Fame visit www.enshrinementfestival.org or call 574-235-5714.