The Patriots on Wednesday announced the three finalists for induction into the team's hall of fame: former wide receiver Troy Brown (1993-2007), former head coach Bill Parcells (1993-1996), and former safety Fred Marion (1982-1991).
It is Brown's first year of eligibility, while it is the first time Marion was nominated and the second year in a row that Parcells has been selected as a finalist.
Earlier this month, the three candidates were chosen by a 17-member nomination committee. Since 2007, the three nominations by this committee have been put to a fan vote to decide the inductee into the team's hall of fame. Fans can vote for who they think is the most deserving candidate on the team's website through May 31, 2012. The winner and inductee will be announced in June.
Last year, fans chose quarterback Drew Bledsoe as the 17th inductee into the Patriots' hall of fame.