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David Patten retires from football

Patriots training camp started with the surprise retirement of wide receiver David Patten.

Out of football last year, Patten tried to re-charge his career this offseason with New England, but training camp proved to be too much for him.

Patten was a long shot to make the roster, but Bill Belichick said Saturday he was having a good camp.

“A truly great career,” Bill Belichick said, in emotional, heartfelt comments, calling him one of the hardest workers he’s been around.  “He’s meant a lot to this team, going back to ’01, ’02, ’03 — the toughness and attitude he brought to this team in a quiet way.”

Patten, once who worked in a coffee bean factory before his pro career started, signed for very little money as a free agent in New England in 2001.  He wound up starting for the team, catching touchdowns in the 2001 AFC Championship game and Super Bowl against the Rams.

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23 Responses to “David Patten retires from football”
  1. patsfanlisa says: Jul 31, 2010 10:07 AM

    A great player and a great person. Thanks, David!

  2. LuvThatDirtyWatah says: Jul 31, 2010 10:07 AM

    Thanks for everything David. God bless you and your family.

  3. h r coursen says: Jul 31, 2010 10:13 AM

    David made the most of what he had — an example to bigger, faster, more talented players who don’t work hard. Best of luck, David!

  4. Iron Wolf says: Jul 31, 2010 10:16 AM

    At least you gave it one last try and can retire with a clear conscience.

  5. Martin Keamy says: Jul 31, 2010 10:18 AM

    Western! Western! Gooooooo Cats!
    David, thanks for four solid years at WCU and thanks for a solid career as an NFL receiver.
    Good luck!

  6. Hap says: Jul 31, 2010 10:23 AM

    I thought he retired the year he went to The RedSkinneds. D’oh !

  7. august says: Jul 31, 2010 10:26 AM

    Just like with everyone that leaves, he was only good with the Patriots.
    Give us your tired, your poor….

  8. Gasface12 says: Jul 31, 2010 10:27 AM

    Now can we spin this story to where somehow this has an effect on Tom Bradys contract, or what Tom “was really trying to say”. Thanks for everything David. So fitting to retire as a Patriot. Just wish he could have made it through some more of camp to just play the role of an on field coach for guys like Tate, Price and Edelman to learn from. PFW rocks!

  9. PFTiswhatitis says: Jul 31, 2010 10:28 AM

    I watched him in training camp yesterday and he looked like he still had plenty of life. Much better than Holt.
    Best of luck to David, a great football player, Patriot, and an even better human being.

  10. BDawk says: Jul 31, 2010 10:28 AM

    He puzzled and puzzled till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more!
    And what happened then? Well, in Whoville they say that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day. And then – the true meaning of Christmas came through, and the Grinch found the strength of *ten* Grinches, plus two!

  11. Catamount says: Jul 31, 2010 10:50 AM

    First Brad Hoover, now Patten. Western Carolina University has good reason to be proud of these two classy alumni.

  12. PirateFreedom says: Jul 31, 2010 10:54 AM

    remember when he made that side line catch while unconscious?
    I think he also had a game where he ran threw and caught touchdowns.
    A lot of big catches in the 2001 SB run as well.
    I wish him well in his future endeavors, he did a lot for the Pats.

  13. CKL says: Jul 31, 2010 11:11 AM

    PFTiswhatitis says: July 31, 2010 10:28 AM
    I watched him in training camp yesterday and he looked like he still had plenty of life. Much better than Holt.
    Wow that’s interesting. Wouldn’t have figured that.
    Anyway, hail to (the)Chief. Loved his story from carrying coffee beans to carrying the Lombardi.

  14. 8man says: Jul 31, 2010 11:42 AM

    In 2001 in a game against the Colts, Patten ran for a TD, caught a pass for a TD, threw for a TD and then caught another pass for a TD.
    It is fitting that he was the one who caught the only TD passes in the AFC title game and the Super Bowl.
    It was solid, quiet guys like him that made that Patriot dynasty possible.

  15. Big Tex says: Jul 31, 2010 11:52 AM

    “great player”?
    Excuse me, but less than 400 yards a year for a WR isn’t “great”. A good journeyman WR and a consumate pro, but not “great”.

  16. bow_to_the_pats says: Jul 31, 2010 12:03 PM

    Class act who was instrumental in our first SB victory. Thanks for the memories.

  17. Mr. Lagoo says: Jul 31, 2010 12:10 PM

    He was only good with the Patriots because he knew the defensive play calling…it’s called cheating. That’s the only way Belicheat can win…

  18. Audient says: Jul 31, 2010 12:14 PM

    Like so many former Browns, got his ring after he left Cleveland. Always liked this guy — was glad to see him do well with the Pats.

  19. JoeSixPack says: Jul 31, 2010 12:41 PM

    Glad Patten is retiring a Patriot.
    He made the key plays when it counted most, and made no excuses…
    In one key game against the Bills in the Patriots Super Bowl season Patten was knocked unconscious while trying to catch a pass.
    Most players would use that as an excuse to give up on the play. Not Patten. His extra effort despite the lack of cognitive awareness in slumping out of bounds ensured that what seemed to be a fumble was in fact a dead ball, allowing the Patriots to retain posession and hit the winning FG.

  20. Bossman says: Jul 31, 2010 1:12 PM

    Mr. Lagoo,
    There is a time and place for everything. As a player retires and the thread is heavy with well wishers, leave to an idiot like you to bring some bullshit to the thread.
    Grow up you jealous little girl.

  21. Nuckinfutz says: Jul 31, 2010 1:21 PM

    One of the few guys to play on all three Patriots Super Bowl victories.
    In 2001 he caught a td pass from Bledsoe in the AFCCG against the Squeelers, and had a great leaping td catch from Brady in the SB against the Rams. Very instrumental in that 2001 season.

  22. august says: Jul 31, 2010 1:33 PM

    Mr. Lagoo says:
    July 31, 2010 12:10 PM
    He was only good with the Patriots because he knew the defensive play calling…it’s called cheating. That’s the only way Belicheat can win…
    40-13 since spygate
    .750 win percentage since spygate
    100% conformation….you’re a hater and a dumb one at that….

  23. TheWizard says: Jul 31, 2010 3:01 PM

    He was only good with the Patriots because he knew the defensive play calling.
    Note to scum:
    Please stay off retirement threads.

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