WR Troy Brown, head coach Bill Parcells and CB Fred Marion are the finalists for the Patriots Hall of Fame, the team announced Wednesday. Fans can vote on the team's website for the finalist they believe is most deserving of being inducted. Voting ends May 31.
One player or head coach is inducted into the team's hall of fame each year. Last year's inductees were QB Drew Bledsoe and C Jon Morris, who was selected by a senior selection committee that meets every three to five years to discuss candidates that have been retired at least 25 years.
This is Brown's first year to be eligible. He spent his entire 15-year career with the Patriots and was a member of three Super Bowl-winning teams. Brown is the team's all-time leader in punt returns and fourth in games played. He recorded a reception and interception in the same game in 2004. Brown went to the Pro Bowl in 2001 with 101 receptions for 1,199 yards.
Parcells was a finalist last year. He was the head coach of the Patriots from 1993-96, leading the team to the playoffs twice and the Super Bowl following the 1996 season.
Marion is a first-time nominee. In his 10 years with the Patriots, he finished with 29 interceptions and 17 forced fumbles. His 29 interceptions are tied for third-most in team history.