February 16, 2005
Albany- The way his NFL career has started, Albany's Deion Branch could just one day find himself in the NFL Hall of Fame.
While Branch will have to play a few more seasons like his first threeto be considered for Canton, he will not have to wait to be inducted into the hall of fame in his hometown.
The New England Patriot receiver who was the most valuable player in Super Bowl XXXIX will be inducted into the Albany Sports Hall of Fame on April 25th.
Normally, the Albany Sports Hall of Fame only considers candidates whose playing or coaching days are over but they waived that requirement for the Super Bowl MVP, just like they did in 1987 for World Series MVP Ray Knight.
The Albany Sports Hall of Fame is hoping to have both MVP's on the stage at the induction ceremonies.
Deion Branch tied a super bowl record with 11 receptions in the Patriots 24-21 win over Philadelphia.
He set a record for most catches in two straight super bowls with 21.
The city is also hoping to honor Deion Branch in March but are still waiting to see if his busy schedule will allow him to visit his hometown.
Branch has already said he will be in Albany for this year's induction ceremonies at the Albany Sports Hall of Fame.