Belichick: 'Great pleasure and honor coaching Brown'

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Belichick: 'Great pleasure and honor coaching Brown'

FOXBORO -- As Troy Brown gets ready to officially be inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame this weekend at Gillette Stadium, coach Bill Belichick praised the man that literally defined someone who factored into all three phases of the game.

"On behalf of the team and personally, I'd like to congratulate Troy on his selection to the Patriots Hall of Fame," said Belichick. "It's certainly a great tribute to a player that really deserves the recognition. I had the great pleasure and honor, really, of coaching him.

"He was here in '96, my first year here when I was coaching the defensive backs, working against him every day in practice as a secondary coach. Then as a head coach, just having him on the team in the important role that he had, as a player, captain, a veteran player, and ultimately a player that played in all three phases of the game -- offense, defense, and special teams -- very well. He ahd some very big games.

"He's meant a lot to me. He's meant a lot to this football team and the organization. And congratulations to Troy and his family. It's well deserved."

Brown spent his entire career -- 15 seasons -- with the Patriots after being drafted in the eighth round (198th overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft. He retired as the team's all-time leading receiver with 557 receptions and all-time leading punt returner with 252 career returns. He finished second in team history with 6,366 career receiving yards.

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted an apology on social media Tuesday night for his Facebook Live video that has caused a stir over the last few days.

"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans," said Brown in a statement on his Twitter. ""It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.

"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect" on Sunday's game against the Patriots, but it was "selfish and inconsiderate" of his star wide receiver.

Brown could still be fined for violating the league's social-media policy. The policy states that players, coaches and football operations personnel are banned from using social media on game days 90 minutes before kickoff, during games, and before "traditional media interviews."

Koppen: Antonio Brown should know locker room isn’t time for Facebook posts

Koppen: Antonio Brown should know locker room isn’t time for Facebook posts

Former NFL player Dan Koppen says the team locker room after a win is a sacred place and that Steelers WR Antonio Brown should know not to be posting on Facebook.