View Full Version : Troy Brown a True Hero

03-19-2007, 06:57 PM
I had wanted the Texans to sign Troy Brown when he was out on the market, and this story makes me wish even more that we had.

-- Troy Brown a True Hero --
Sun Mar 18, 2007 --from FFMastermind.com

The Boston Globe reports the act was so selfless by WR Troy Brown that the McGowan family of Attleboro wanted to share the story, even though Brown requested that there be no publicity. Eight-year-old Matthew McGowan had been admitted to Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence last year with an inoperable brain tumor. Because Matthew was a big sports fan, his parents, Richard and Linda, and uncle, John Rijo, contacted Brown through a mutual friend to see if Brown could autograph a jersey. The response stunned them. "The next day, we got the word that it was no problem, but that Troy didn't want to send it, he wanted to deliver it in person," said Rijo. The visit was arranged, and while young Matthew was unconscious and unresponsive, the family knew he was aware of Brown's presence when his heart rate increased as Brown held his hand. Brown told the family he hoped to score a touchdown for Matthew in the team's next game, Oct. 8 against the Dolphins. As the family watched that Sunday from the hospital, Brown hauled in a 10-yard touchdown pass from QB Tom Brady. They could hardly believe it. Then Brown sent the ball, with an autograph, as a surprise to the McGowans. Later, the family had Brown autograph a framed photo that ran in the Globe the day after the victory over the Dolphins. Unfortunately, young Matthew lost the fight for his life yesterday, but his family didn't want Brown's generosity to go unrecognized, despite his wishes to keep the visit quiet. At a most difficult time in their lives, Brown's gesture meant more than they could express. "The fact he doesn't want any recognition is more reason why we wanted to tell people about this," Rijo said. Rijo said the autographed picture included the words, "To Matthew, a true champion, your friend forever, Troy Brown."

03-19-2007, 07:12 PM
Thats an amazing story...
A true hero he is.
Wish it could have turned out a little different though.

03-19-2007, 09:26 PM
I always thought Troy Brown was a world class person. This proves it.

03-19-2007, 09:33 PM
It's great to hear about some of the good guys in the NFL instead of the punks like Pacman Jones.

03-19-2007, 09:36 PM
Troy Brown has always been portrayed as a man with Class and heart....and this gesture shows that he is an even better person than he is a football player....

the flash
03-19-2007, 09:53 PM
What a guy. Thank God for people like that. There are so many athletes that make their millions because of us fans and never do anything that helps us out. I wish there were more out there like Mr. Brown.