David Patten, who helped the New England Patriots clinch three Super Bowls between 2001 and 2004, died Thursday, consistent with a press release from the Patriots. A South Carolina native, Patten was 47 years old. According to The State newspaper, the Richland County (SC) Coroner confirmed that Patten died during a motorcycle crash. The South Carolina Highway Patrol says Patten’s motorcycle crossed the middle line into opposing traffic and struck another vehicle just outside Columbia, South Carolina. “I am heartbroken by the news of David’s passing,” said Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft. “He was a devout Christian who followed his passion following his football career and founded his own ministry. David transitioned from an undersized and understated wide receiver to a strong and passionate preacher. In New England, he will always be remembered as a three-time Super Bowl Champion.”
Patten’s manager and friend, Sam Gordon, expressed his grief during a heartfelt post on social media. “Very rarely do people get to call their childhood heroes/favorite players their friends. You blessed me thereupon,” wrote Gordon. “Thank you such a lot for your friendship, your inspiration, and for trusting me to be your manager.” Patten played for five different NFL teams in his 12-year career, finding his greatest success as a member of the Patriots. Patten holds the excellence of catching Tom Brady’s first career Super Bowl touchdown pass in 2002. Patten’s twisting catch for an 8-yard score was the sole offensive touchdown for the Patriots in their 20-17 convert the St. Louis Rams.
Patten was with the Patriots for 2 more Super Bowl wins over the subsequent three years. In an Instagram story post, Brady wrote of Patten, “The consummate professional. RIP my friend. My love goes bent David’s family.” Former Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe tweeted: “Great player. Better man. Rest In Peace, my friend.” “It breaks my heart to listen to David’s tragic passing at such a young age,” said Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick. “I am grateful to possess coached David. he’s an important person and player in Patriots history, without whom we might not are Super Bowl champions. I especially appreciate David for his professional journey.”
Patten was a standout wide receiver at Western Carolina University where he played from 1992-1995 and was All-Southern Conference as a senior. His son, Daquan Patten, attends the university and maybe a senior wide receiver on this year’s Catamount team. One of Patten’s other sons, Quinton Patten, maybe a sophomore wide receiver at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. David Patten went undrafted in 1996 and spent a year playing arena football before getting his shot within the NFL with the NY Giants in 1997. He also played for the Cleveland Browns, Washington eleven, and therefore the New Orleans Saints.
Patten scored 24 touchdowns in his NFL career, 16 of which came with the Patriots. “As very much like anyone, David epitomized the unheralded, self-made player who defied enormous odds to not only earn employment within the NFL but to become a key player on multiple championship teams,” Belichick said. “I can represent anyone who had the pleasure to be around David that his work ethic, positive energy, and character were elite. My deepest condolences are together with his family and loved ones.”