• Patriots honor their longest-tenured employee


    FOXBOROUGH (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) The New England Patriots plan to honor their longest-tenured employee during the playoffs.

    The team's official Twitter account released a photo on Saturday morning of a decal the Patriots will wear on Jan. 13 in honor of Don Brocher.

    A memorial service was also held on Saturday at Gillette Stadium for Brocher.

    Brocher, 60, passed away on New Year's Day after a battle with leukemia.

    Brocher began as a ball boy with the Patriots in 1972 and was hired as a full-time assistant during that season. He remained a member of the team's equipment staff and was promoted to equipment manager in 1994.

    Team officials said Brocher had worked 834 consecutive Patriots games when he missed a preseason game against Tampa Bay in August following his diagnosis.

    Brocher worked for 41 seasons with the Patriots. He was born in Nov. 23, 1952 in Boston. He and his wife Laurie lived in Norton.

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