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Long-Time Patriots Equipment Manager Don Brocher Passes Away

January 7th, 2013 at 9:30 PM
By Spencer Frenchman

The Patriots will fondly remember equipment manager Don Brocher who passed away last week after a six month battle with leukemia.  He had enjoyed 41 years on the job as the Patriot's equipment manager. 

Head Coach Bill Belichick dedicated the beginning of his press conference to give an emotional tribute to Brocher. 

"I'd just say that as a football team, an organization, we're saddened by the loss of Donnie this weekend," Belichick said during the press conference.  "In a game where, we all see what kind of changes were made on Monday throughout the league, for somebody to be here 40 years, doing the job that he did for so many owners, coaches, general managers, you name it, players, was really a tribute to his dedication, consistency, dependability, quality of the work that he did."

The players including Kyle Arrington have fond memories of the man the knew as "Broche".

"He just wanted to make sure everything was done and done in a timely manner," said Arrington.  "I can't say enough positive things about Broche and the approach he took to his job and how much he loved it."

Brocher was part of the team for all seven Patriots Super Bowl appearances.  He leaves behind his wife, Laurie, and will be respectfully remembered by the players, coaches, staff, and the fans as a hard worker and dedicated member of the Patriots organization.

Tags: Don Brocher, Football, New England, New England Patriots, NFL

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