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CATCHING UP WITH ... BRENT WARREN

Former Brockton lineman changes field of practice

His years as a standout lineman at Brockton High and Syracuse University, along with being a three-time training camp invitee with the New England Patriots, have put Brent Warren’s law practice into perspective.

“When I’m under a time crunch and feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders,’’ said Warren, “I say ‘Hey, I’ve been on the field in 100-degree heat with coaches yelling at you,’ so I’ve experienced something a lot tougher.’’

A former Globe All-Scholastic at Brockton who starred on Division 1 Super Bowl-winning teams in 1991 and 1992, the 6-foot-5-inch, 338-pound Warren nearly made the Patriots’ roster out of training camp in 2000. That summer, he was snapping the football to a rookie named Tom Brady.

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“That year, the coaches told me I was in,’’ recalled Warren, who had played guard and tackle at Syracuse.

“But the next day, they signed Joe Andruzzi — and I was out. You better have good self-esteem and a thick skin to get past it.’’

He later co-owned the family business in Brockton — Joseph Warren & Son General Contractors — while earning his law degree evenings at the New England School of Law.

Warren resides in West Bridgewater with his wife, Ashley, whom he met at Syracuse University and is an associate librarian in town. Their two children, Jack and Brooke, have been coached by their dad in youth sports.

“At that level, I believe in development and having fun,’’ said Warren.

On Oct. 9, he reunited with other Patriots alumni in a golf tournament at TPC Norton to benefit the Hockomock YMCA’s integration program for special needs students.


Marvin Pave can be reached at marvin.pave@rcn.com.