Troy Brown, Tour Guide

-by Mattsky & DNOMN8R314

Two weeks ago, NEPFF regular Mattsky went on a tour of Gillette Stadium. During the tour, Patriots Hall of Fame wide receiver Troy Brown answered questions from fans. Matt filmed some of Troy’s answers; the videos can be found below.

Highlights include:

  • A stadium Troy describes as worse than Foxboro Stadium – you get three guesses as to the city, and the first two don’t count – with fans sitting close enough to the action that “when you went in the tunnel for halftime, they could reach out and punch you in the head.”
  • The team Troy hated as a kid, got a thrill of knocking out of the playoffs, and still hates now.
  • Turf versus grass, and the rapid change in Gillette Stadium ground.
  • Troy’s training camp days, when two-a-days were the norm, compared to the somewhat-lighter practice loads today.

But I won’t spoil the videos for you. Take nine minutes to watch and enjoy.

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-Moving down from 1st overall to 3rd overall.
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Nice article/vids. Thanks for this. Really enjoyed it.Report

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It was my pleasure. I wish I taped the first time he spoke when we were in the press box.Report

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6-10 in 1991.Report

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Trey Flowers on @OMFonWEEI said the Patriots didn’t take new plane to Detroit. Saving it for the regular season.

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The real reason is that they can’t get 90 players and the staff onto the new planes.Report

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no, I think they are refurbished, after being retired from some commercial fleet, not sure which. I could be wrong.Report

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According to Rovell, β€œThese planes, depending on miles flown and condition, generally cost between $5 million and $65 million. A source said the planes the Patriots bought are extended range, which allows the planes to fly nonstop for about 12 hours.”

β€œA brand-new plane could cost $200 million.”

This seems to imply that they are not new.Report

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Okay just saw this too:
The two 767’s were reportedly refurbished with all first-class seating and while speaking to 98.5 The Sports Hub prior to the team’s preseason opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Patriots president Jonathan Kraft said that the addition of their “Aircrafts” should benefit the players’ heath.

http://nep.247sports.com/Bolt/Jonathan-Kraft-on-why-the-New-England-Patriots-bought-two-planes-106021643
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Checking in on how former patriots are fairing:
http://blog.masslive.com/patriots/2017/08/former_new_england_patriots_tr.html#incart_m-rpt-2
They even have Josh Boyce on the list. I thought he was in an Orange Home Depot uniform but it’s actually the Browns jersey….not sure which is worse.
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and WAKE UP!!!!Report

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For good or just a preseason game?Report

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VIDEO: Inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium

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Alrighty, then, gotta go out and water the lawn. Then eat some kind of dinner food. Never got enough energy to shop today. There’s always tomorrow. That could be a team anthem for a perennial loser! The Browns?

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O mundo sabe que – Sporting (POR) with english subtitles
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