FOXBOROUGH, Mass.– The New England Patriots are deeply saddened to find out of the loss of previous Patriots large receiver David Patten. Patten died on September 2 at the age of 47.
“I am sad by the news of David’s passing,” stated Patriots Chairman as well as CEO Robert Kraft. “He was a passionate Christian that followed his passion following his football job and also established his very own ministry. David transitioned from an undersized and also understated large receiver to an effective and passionate preacher. In New England, he will constantly be kept in mind as a three-time Super Dish Champ. His goal function in the AFC National championship at Pittsburgh thrust the Patriots to Super Bowl XXXVI as well as I’ll always remember his amazing catch in the back of completion zone because game. It was our just offensive goal in the Super Dish and protected our very first champion in franchise business background. Our sincerest compassions are with his other half, Galiena, his family and also all that are grieving David’s unfortunate as well as unexpected fatality.”
“It breaks my heart to become aware of David’s terrible passing at such a young age,” stated Patriots Head Train Costs Belichick. “I am grateful to have coached David. He is an essential person and also player in Patriots background, without whom we would not have been Super Bowl champions. I specifically value David for his specialist journey. As long as anyone, David illustrated the anonymous, self-made player that resisted huge probabilities to not only earn a task in the NFL but to end up being a vital gamer on several championship groups. I can talk for any person who had the pleasure to be around David that his job ethic, favorable energy and personality were elite. My deepest condolences are with his household and liked ones.”
Patten played in 54 normal season games with 44 beginnings for the Patriots from 2001-04 as well as additionally played in 6 postseasons video games with three starts throughout his period in New England. He captured 165 masquerade 2,513 lawns and also 16 touchdowns in the normal season and also added 15 receptions for 174 yards with 2 touchdowns in the postseason for the Patriots. The very best statistical year in his 12 NFL periods was in 2004 with New England when he registered 800 getting backyards as well as seven touchdowns. Patten was on the getting end of the 2nd lengthiest pass play in Patriots background, a 91-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady at Indianapolis on Oct. 21, 2001. In that game, Patten had a career-best efficiency, as he came to be the sixth player considering that 1960– as well as the first since Walter Payton (1979)– to rush for a touchdown, capture a touchdown pass and also pass for a touchdown in the very same video game.
Patten was a professional of 12 NFL seasons with the New york city Giants (1997-99), Cleveland (2000 ), New England (2001-04), Washington (2005-06) and New Orleans (2007-08). Patten mosted likely to training camp with Cleveland in 2009, but was forgoed before the beginning of the routine period and also spent the year out of football. He authorized with New England in the 2010 offseason yet retired at the end of July.
The 5-foot-10 inch, 190-pound pass receiver originally got in the NFL as an undrafted totally free agent for the New York Giants in 1997 out of Western Carolina. Patten has actually played in 147 normal season games with 73 beginnings and also has actually tape-recorded 324 receptions for 4,715 yards with 24 touchdowns. He has also returned 111 kicks for 2,273 lawns with one touchdown.