David Patten, a former NFL extensive receiver and three-time Tremendous Bowl champion with the Patriots, has died.
Sam Gordon of G2 Administration, the place Patten is certainly one of his shoppers, confirmed his demise to The State on Friday morning. A explanation for demise has not been confirmed, although 98.5 in Boston reported Patten died in a bike crash. He was 47.
Patten’s former teammates and NFL friends have taken to social media to share their condolences.
Richard Seymour, who performed with Patten in New England, tweeted a photograph of his former teammate with the caption, “Heartbroken nice man of God… misplaced for phrases – David Patten.”
Patten’s fellow extensive receiver and former Patriots teammate Deion Department referred to as him a “Nice Participant, however Most of All A Nice Man, Mentor and Brother” on Twitter.
The Patriots signed Patten as a free agent in 2001, his fifth NFL season after stints with the Giants and Browns. Earlier than his NFL debut, he briefly performed within the Enviornment Soccer League.
Patten went on to have an extended, profitable profession — together with stretches with the Saints, Washington Soccer Workforce and Browns. He totaled 324 catches, 4,715 yards and 24 touchdowns in 147 profession video games.
“It breaks my coronary heart to listen to of David’s tragic passing at such a younger age,” Patriots head coach Invoice Belichick mentioned in an announcement. “I’m grateful to have coached David. He’s a vital particular person and participant in Patriots historical past, with out whom we’d not have been Tremendous Bowl champions.
“I particularly admire David for his skilled journey. As a lot as anybody, David epitomized the unheralded, self-made participant who defied monumental odds to not solely earn a job within the NFL however to change into a key participant on a number of championship groups. I can communicate for anybody who had the pleasure to be round David that his work ethic, optimistic power and character had been elite. My deepest condolences are along with his household and family members.”
Although, his 4 seasons in New England with quarterback Tom Brady could be his most profitable NFL years. Patten gained three Tremendous Bowl championships with the Patriots, and totaled 165 catches, 2,513 yards, 16 receiving touchdowns, together with one passing landing as a Patriot.
Patten caught Brady’s first Tremendous Bowl landing cross towards the Rams of their 20-17 win in 2002 that launched the franchise’s dynasty.
Patten left the Patriots after that 2004 season, however he re-signed with the staff in 2010, earlier than retiring that summer time.