July 15, 2010
Troy Brown will take his place along side the greatest players in the history of college football when he is enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame this weekend during the annual enshrinement festival in South Bend.
A dual threat on the playing field, Brown's elusive nature as a receiver and kick returner led the Thundering Herd to back-to-back trips to the Division I-AA (now FCS) National Championship game, garnering the NCAA title in 1992. He caught 139 receptions for 2,746 yards and 24 touchdowns in his career en route to earning First Team All-America honors his senior year. Additionally, he boasted 1,825 return yards and four touchdowns on special teams.
Brown went on to play 14 years in the NFL with the New England Patriots, where he became the franchise's all-time leading receiver and won three Super Bowls with the team. A 2001 Pro Bowl selection, he served as the Pats' team captain for five seasons.
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 24 of the game's greatest stars and conclude with the grand finale Enshrinement Dinner & Show on July 17.
Adding to the excitment for football fans across West Virginia is the fact that Troy Brown will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this week along side Pineville, West Virginia, native Curt Warner who starred at Penn State and West Virginia University great Major Harris. The trio gives this weekend's enshriment festivities a distinct Mountain State flair.
"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."
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."
Brown and the rest of the Hall of Fame class will be treated to a tremendous weekend of events that include a celebrity golf scramble, a block party and fireworks show, the hall of fame parade, pep rally, autograph session, youth football clinic and the enshrinement dinner and show.
This marks the second consecutive year that the College Football Hall of Fame has inducted an individual from Marshall University and the fourth time since 2004. Last year former head coach Jim Donnan was inducted, Mike Barber entered the Hall of Fame in 2005, and Jackie Hunt was enshrined in 2004. Former Marshall player Harry "Cy" Young who played football at Marshall in 1910 and 1911 was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1958.