Patriots Hall of Fame finalists announced


Patriots Hall of Fame finalists announced

The New England Patriots have announced Troy Brown and Fred Marion will join second time nominee Bill Parcells as finalists for the Patriots Hall of Fame.

Brown was drafted in the 8th round by the Patriots in 1993. He spent his entire 15-year career as a member of the Patriots, totaling 557 receptions, a franchise record, and 31 touchdowns. Brown was also a key contributor to Patriots title runs in 2001, 2003, and 2004.

Parcells was the head coach of the Patriots from 1993-1996. He lead them to their first playoff birth in eight years, and their second ever Super Bowl appearance. Parcells is the first head coach to ever be nominated for the Patriots Hall of Fame.

Marion spent his entire 10-year career in New England after being drafted out of Miami. In his first year as a starter, he lead the team in interceptions, and helped guide the Patriots to their first Super Bowl appearance.Marion played in 144 career games and finished his career with 656 total tackles, 29 interceptions and 17 forced fumbles. His 29 interceptions are tied for the third most in Patriots history.

Voting for the Hall of Fame will run through May 31, with fans being able to determine the inductee.

USA TODAY predicts 19-0 season for Patriots

USA TODAY predicts 19-0 season for Patriots

You can add USA TODAY to the Patriots' undefeated season bandwagon.

In its annual projections before NFL teams report to training camps this week, USA TODAY has the Patriots going 16-0 in the regular season, then beating the AFC West's L.A. Chargers and Oakland Raiders in the playoffs before capping a perfect 19-0 season with a Super Bowl 52 victory over Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in Minneapolis.

Here's their Pats' regular-season rundown from USA TODAY NFL writer Nate Davis:

New England Patriots (16-0): Is it bold? Sure. Kinda. But it's not like Tom Brady hasn't gone 16-0 before ... (and, really, wouldn't he and Bill Belichick secretly love to add 19-0 to their otherwise incomparable resumes?). And from the FWIW department, Brady went 14-1 last season and appears to be surrounded by an even better cast now, especially if Rob Gronkowski is, in fact, back to 100%. 

Pats wide receiver Julian Edelman called the 19-0 talk "stupid" last week. Bill Belichick is almost guaranteed to dismiss it if and when he's asked about it this week.