When the Patriots announced their All-Dynasty Team on Thursday, there was one significant name notably absent from the press release.
Super Bowl XXXIX MVP wide receiver Deion Branch’s name was nowhere to be found. The absence got plenty of attention in Patriot Nation, including from the receiver himself.
According to Bryan Morry, the Executive Director of the Patriots Hall of Fame, it was simply an "unfortunate mistake" that Branch’s name was omitted.
While Branch was not selected to the 42-member team by voting – Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Julian Edelman and Troy Brown are the wide receivers – he should have been included in the list of honorable mentions alongside the likes of Danny Amendola, Stephen Gostkowski, Jerod Mayo and others.
Though Branch responded with displeasure to being left off the team on Twitter on Friday morning before Morry had a chance to speak with the New England franchise legend, typical of his positive personality he later took the mistake in stride.
Branch will indeed be included among the honorable mentions for the Patriots All-Dynasty Team moving forward, was well as part of the exhibit at the Patriots Hall of Fame just outside of Gillette Stadium that opened to fans on Friday.
Branch caught 11 passes for 133 yards to help the Patriots beat the Eagles in his Super Bowl XXXIX MVP performance. That came one year after he caught 10 passes for 143 yards with a score in New England’s Super Bowl XXXVIII victory over the Panthers.