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Troy Brown elected to Pats Hall of Fame

Wide receiver Troy Brown will be the 2012 inductee into the New England Patriots' Hall of Fame, the team announced Monday.

Brown will be inducted in a ceremony outside Gillette Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 15, the day before the Patriots' regular season home opener against the Cardinals.

The winner of a five-week fan vote (April 25-May 31), Brown becomes the 18th player and 19th member of the team's hall of fame. It was Brown's first year of eligibility.

Brown had a 15-year career with the Patriots, beginning in 1993, when he was an eighth-round draft pick. He retired following the 2007 season as the Patriots' all-time leading receiver with 557 career receptions. Brown also retired ranked second in franchise history with 6,366 career receiving yards.

Other finalists for induction, selected by a 17-person nominating committee in April, were head coach Bill Parcells and safety Fred Marion.