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.
Former Ravens and Jets linebacker - now an "NFL Today" analyst for CBS - Bart Scott usually "can't wait" to make his disdain for Tom Brady and the Patriots known.
He was back at it Tuesday in an interview with CBS Radio's Damon Amendolara, in which he said the Falcons have the better quarterback heading into Super Bowl LI.
“We know they’re the better offense, and right now, you could say they got the better quarterback because they have the MVP of the league,” Scott said. Ryan is the favorite to win the NFL MVP, which will be announced the night before the Super Bowl at the "NFL Honors" show.
“Now that’s a debate, but Matt Ryan has earned the right for his name to be put up there with the upper-echelon quarterbacks," Scott said. "He’s always been elite in the regular season, but now he’s taken this show into the postseason and he’s won the hard battles against the elite quarterbacks and now you have to give him his due.”
More from Scott: “I can’t see the Patriots stopping this offense. So, that means that these receivers are going to have to [keep] pace. It’s all going to come down to what it always comes down to. It’s going to come down to who makes the turnovers, who gets up early and puts the pressure on the other team. Matt Ryan and that offense showed me a lot when they went behind [in the divisional round against the Seahawks]. Seattle came and busted them in the face, and [Atlanta] went right back down and answered immediately.
"The Patriots always find a way, but I think it makes it more close of a game than what people think.”