Troy Brown elected to College Hall
HUNTINGTON — Troy Brown’s impact on Marshall University football was immeasurable.
Brown averaged one touchdown for every eight times he had the football in his hands during a two-season Marshall career.
He caught passes, he returned kicks and he helped his team win championships.
That’s why he’s entering the College Football Hall of Fame.
“There isn’t a better guy that made an impact in two years that lasts forever,” said Brown’s former Marshall teammate, Mike Bartrum. “Most of us get four years to leave our impact, but his came in two years, which tells you how special he was.”
Ironically, Brown’s election to the College Football Hall of Fame was announced during the week of the annual Bartrum-Brown Football Camp coming up Saturday in Joan C. Edwards Stadium. The camp for young football players, along with a charity auction, 5K run, pizza festival and golf outing generate funds for various charities supported by the former Thundering Herd players and Marshall Athletic Hall of Fame members.
Archie Manning, chairman of the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, announced the 2010 Divisional Hall of Fame Class on Tuesday, which considers players and coaches from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA), Divisions II, III and the NAIA for induction.
Inductions will be July 16-17 at the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind.
“It’s pretty sweet for Troy and especially with the Bartrum-Brown this weekend,” Bartrum said.
Brown, 38, has resided in Huntington since retiring from the NFL in 2008 after 14 seasons with the New England Patriots. He is New England’s all-time leading receiver and played on three winning Super Bowl teams.
The Barnwell, S.C., native was considered the single-most dangerous scoring threat in NCAA Division I-AA during his two seasons at Marshall (1991-92). He caught 139 receptions for 2,746 yards and 24 touchdowns in his career and was a first team All-American as a senior. Additionally, he had 1,825 return yards and four touchdowns on special teams.
He led Marshall into I-AA national championship games in 1991 and 1992, and the Thundering Herd won the title in 1992.
“To remember when Troy Brown came on campus carrying his green army duffle bag, which had everything in it that he owned, and now to see some of the greats he’s going to be joining, I have chills,” said Mark Gale, the Marshall assistant athletic director for football operations, who was an assistant coach when Brown played.
“He’s humble today,” Gale said. “The only thing that’s probably different today than when he came here 20 years ago is that he had the old box cut — the old flat top haircut. I kidded him when he came by spring practice that I saw a couple of gray hairs in there.
“That might be the only difference.”
Gale, who nominated Brown for induction, said his election was a no-brainer.
Marshall has some space devoted to Brown in its football facility at Joan C. Edwards Stadium with a helmet, a photograph and replicas of the three Super Bowl rings.
“He probably wouldn’t admit it, but he’s a face of Marshall football and will continue to be,” Gale said.
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