FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Receiver Troy Brown, one of the most popular players in Patriots history, will serve as one of four honorary captains in Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Patriots. Owner Robert Kraft decided that members of the 1996 AFC Championship team will be honorary captains, and the team will reveal a new captain each day this week.
Brown visited with reporters on Monday and he felt right at home, because he's a reporter/analyst now, too.
That was the topic of discusson that most piqued the interest here, Brown touching on his transition from player to media member. He does great work for Comcast SportsNet and sports radio WEEI here in New England.
"Never thought I’d be doing all this stuff," he said. "I’m really enjoying it. For me, since you can’t play any more, you might as well talk about it and keep myself around the game that way."
Life as a media member has opened Brown's eyes.
"It’s a different world over here," he said. "The guys kind of look at you funny every once in a while. I still have a bunch of guys in the locker room that I played with. They respect me and I respect them. A lot of things that we talk about privately, it remains private. I just talk about what I think about the game and what’s going to happen – that type of stuff.
"It’s a different world, you guys are a little bit different, a little bit strange [smiling]. I do appreciate what you do for a living. When I played, I always respected your questions. I might not have answered them the way you wanted me to but I respected that and I respected your job. That’s what I kind of relate to some of the players now too, is that you have to respect their job. Just because they ask you a question you don’t like or you might hear somebody in the media not talking good about you or criticizing your play, if you’re a true competitor, yeah, you should get pissed off by it. But respect it and maybe it’s a little bit of truth to what they’re saying and go check into it and look at it and make yourself better as a player."
Does Brown find it hard to criticize players as a media member?
"I really did the first year out of it because I knew so many guys. I really felt bad about talking about them," he said. "[Then] I started thinking about it, I’m like, well, if Deion Branch came to me when I was playing with him and he asked me, ‘Well how’d I do on that route?’ I wouldn’t be doing him justice or myself or my team by telling him, ‘Don’t worry about it, that was a great route.’ No, I have to tell him, ‘Deion, that sucked.’
"So when big Vince [Wilfork] sees me and he sees me on television saying something about his play, he got pancaked or something, he needs to respect that and take something from it. I don’t have a problem saying when a player should have done better or he needs to catch the ball or whatever. I don’t have a problem doing that now because really I’m telling them the truth and doing them a favor. As long as I’m not sitting up here calling them idiots and buffoons and all kind of stuff like that then they shouldn’t have a problem with that and they do understand it."
Brown currently splits his time between West Virginia and New England, and is an investor in Narragansett Beer, treating that venture much like his football career.
"I’m a competitor and I want to see everything I do and touch be great," he said.