In honor of the New England Patriots making it to Super Bowl LI this weekend, we checked in with former Patriot Troy Brown. The #80 wide receiver played his entire 15-year career with the Pats winning three Super Bowls (XXXVI, XXXVIII and XXXIX).
Since retiring in 2008, TB80 was elected to the Patriots Hall of Fame, wrote a book entitled Patriot Pride: My Life in the New England Dynasty, is a spokesman for Narragansett beer, a Comcast football analyst, and mentors inner-city Boston youth.
He can often be found speaking throughout Massachusetts with the Boston Police Department for their Road to the Right Track program helping guide kids to make good decisions.
Photo Credit: Boston Police Department
We caught up with Brown recently to find out what he loves most about Boston.
Where were you born: Blackville, South Carolina
How long in Boston: Since 1993, going on 24 years
Occupation: Former New England Patriot and 3x Super Bowl Champion
Favorite Restaurant: A new favorite is Michael Schlow’s new restaurant, Doretta, with Chef Brendan Pelley
Best Sushi: I don’t do sushi!
Best Italian: Strega Waterfront
Best dessert: Anything at Modern Pastry or Caffe Vittoria
Best place for a romantic date: Top of the Hub
Best Sunday brunch: West End Johnnies
Best place for a power business meeting: South End Buttery
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? The Westin Copley Place
Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Any place on Newbury Street
Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches: David Yurman
Best Spa: This is a little outside of Boston, but my favorite is The Right Touch in North Attleborough
Favorite Charity Event: Matt Light’s Celebrity Shoot-Out at Addieville East Farm in Rhode Island
Favorite Cultural Event: The Big E
Favorite Cultural Institution: The Boston Center for the Arts
Best Steakhouse: The Capital Grille
Best Pizza: Santarpio’s East Boston
Best Lunch: Del Frisco’s
Best Gym/Athletic Facility: The Oak Square Y is doing great work with the Boston Police Department in our community
Best Massage: Any massage at The Right Touch
Best Limousine/Driving Service: Emerald Square
Best Museum/Exhibit: Boston Children’s Museum
Describe Boston in three words: Diverse, Enriching, Loyal
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: The Freedom Trail
All-around favorite spot in Boston: Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. Also, the Boston Harbor area is a beautiful place to walk around.
Best Aspect of Boston: The T (transit system) – most cities don’t have a system like the T and we’re fortunate it’s so easy to get around the city. Another one of my favorite aspects is the creation of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway; it’s such a great and fun way to use space in Boston with something for everyone with food trucks, the carousel, free events, and concerts.