Found January 01, 2013 on Fox Sports:
37
When the New England Patriots kick off their quest for another Super Bowl appearance, they'll be doing so with heavy hearts. Don Brocher, a longtime equipment manager for the team, died Monday night due to complications from leukemia. Brocher, 60, was in the midst of his 41st season with the organization, making him the longest-tenured employee in Patriots history. "The Kraft family and the entire Patriots organization awoke with very heavy hearts this morning," Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft said. "That is when most of us learned of Don's passing. He had fought this deadly disease so valiantly all season long. We were all optimistic that he would defeat it and fully recover. "He was back on our sidelines just two weeks ago for our game against the 49ers and I can't remember ever seeing him happier. I am glad I had that opportunity to thank him once again for his loyalty and countless contributions to the team. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Laurie, and all who knew Don and are mourning his loss today." Brocher's tenure with the Patriots began with him serving as a ball boy on the equipment manager's staff in 1972. He was then hired full time as an assistant that season.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

5 Biggest Draft Needs for the New England Patriots

5 Biggest Draft Needs for the New England Patriots: New stuff up on B/R, taking a quick look forward...

Robert Kraft’s Purchase of Patriots Required Leap of Faith, But Results Show Thinking With Heart Sometimes Pays Off

Editor’s note: Each day during the week of Dec. 31, NESN.com will feature content based on key events from Robert Kraft’s tenure as owner of the Patriots. “Krafting a Legacy” will examine how the Patriots got to where they are today following Kraft’s purchase of the team. Fan first. Owner second. That’s how one could reasonably describe Robert Kraft, who owned Patriots...

Patriots Would Have Lessened Blow of Losing Whalers, But Instead Symbolize Difficult Period in Hartford History

Editor’s note: Each day during the week of Dec. 31, NESN.com will feature content based on key events from Robert Kraft’s tenure as owner of the Patriots. “Krafting a Legacy” will examine how the Patriots got to where they are today following Kraft’s purchase of the team. Maybe Prince should have specified who exactly should party like it’s 1999. While the platinum recording...

Don Brocher, Patriots’ Longtime Equipment Manager, Dies at Age 60

When the Patriots kick off their quest for another Super Bowl appearance, they’ll be doing so with heavy hearts. Don Brocher, a longtime equipment manager for the team, died Monday night due to complications from leukemia. Brocher, who was 60, was in the midst of his 41st season with organization, which makes him the longest-tenured employee in Patriots history. “The Kraft family...

New England Patriots 2012-2013 highlights (by Michael Herlihy)

New England Patriots 2012-2013 highlights (by Michael Herlihy)

Devin McCourty Praises Bill Belichick, Says ‘There’s No Coach That Gets You Better Prepared’ for Playoffs

Count this youngster as a believer in the Patriot Way. Devin McCourty, who has endured his share of criticism and praise as he’s learned the ways of a Bill Belichick-coached secondary, had high praise for his coach Sunday night. The Patriots steamrolled the Dolphins, 28-0, setting up a first-round bye in which the team will rest up and look to continue the development that Belichick...

Reports: Rob Ninkovich possibly to be ready for playoffs

Multiple reports on the interwebs have it that New England Patriots LB Rob Ninkovich could be ready for the Patriots next game in two weeks. Ninkovich suffered a hip injury in the season finale versus Miami Sunday afternoon.Ninkovitch has eight sacks on the season for New England. He also has been in on 58 tackles.Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia talked about Ninkovich...

Stat check: Season review - New England Patriots Blog - ESPN Boston

Stat check: Season review - New England Patriots Blog - ESPN Boston: Passing defense Final rank:...

New England Patriots: The Brady Ages (by camtheTrex)

New England Patriots: The Brady Ages (by camtheTrex)

Rob Ninkovich could play in Patriots next game

Boston Herald:Tests concluded the defensive end has avoided a serious injury, and there's a good chance he can play when the Patriots open the postseason Jan. 13, according to a source. He suffered some strained muscles in his hip, which is a positive development after there was some legitimate, initial fear the injury could cost him the postseason.The Patriots return to practice...

Proud Patriots focus on themselves during bye

The New England Patriots don't know yet who they'll face in their playoff opener. But they do have firsthand knowledge about all three potential opponents. The Patriots, after all, have already played every one of them. They routed the Indianapolis Colts 59-24 and the Houston Texans 42-14 and lost to the Baltimore Ravens 31-30 on a last-play field goal. So until the he...

Bill Parcells Still Deserves Praise for Patriots Tenure Despite Ugly Breakup, Bill Belichick’s Obvious Talent

Editor’s note: Each day during the week of Dec. 31, NESN.com will feature content based on key events from Robert Kraft’s tenure as owner of the Patriots. “Krafting a Legacy” will examine how the Patriots got to where they are today following Kraft’s purchase of the team. Let’s be clear, no one is going to mistake Bill Parcells‘ tenure in New England for Bill Belichick‘s...
Patriots News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.