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Troy Brown entering Hall of Fame

Jul. 16, 2010 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University is about to have its fifth representative in the College Football Hall of Fame.

Troy Brown, a Huntington resident, enters the Hall of Fame at the annual Enshrinement Festival on Friday and Saturday in South Bend, Ind.

Other members of the 2010 Hall of Fame Class include West Virginia University quarterback Major Harris (1987-89), Ohio State linebacker Chris Spielman (1984-87) and Penn State running back Curt Warner (1979-82), a native of Pineville, W.Va.

Brown was a Marshall wide receiver in 1991 and 1992.

Marshall's other Hall of Fame members are halfback Harry "Cy" Young (1910-11), halfback Jackie Hunt (1938-41), wide receiver Mike Barber (1985-88) and former head coach Jim Donnan (1990-95).

Other Marshall connections to the Hall of Fame are Virginia Tech defensive back Frank Loria (1965-67), an assistant coach who died in the Nov. 14, 1970, plane crash and former Thundering Herd head coach Johnny Maulbetsch (1929-30), who was an All-American fullback at Adrian College.

Brown was considered the most dangerous scoring threat in NCAA Division I-AA football during his two seasons at Marshall. The South Carolina native excelled catching passes and returning kicks on the 1991 national runner-up team and the 1992 national champion squad.

He caught 139 receptions for 2,746 yards and 24 touchdowns in his All-American career while compiling 1,825 return yards and four touchdowns on special teams.

Brown played 14 seasons in the NFL with the New England Patriots and was on three Super Bowl championship teams.

Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival activities begin Friday in South Bend with a celebrity golf scramble and downtown block party. Saturday events include a parade, fanfest, pep rally, autograph session, youth football clinic and dinner.

Tickets for the events and information about the weekend are available at www.collegefootball.org or by calling 574-235-5714.