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Former Pats wideout David Patten lands coaching job

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Former Patriots wideout David Patten needed a few more classes to finish his degree at Western Carolina.

So the Catamounts went ahead and gave him a job.

The school announced they hired the 12-year NFL veteran for a job on their coaching staff, with head coach Mark Speir citing the history and traditions of the program.

“We’re very excited that David Patten is joining our football coaching staff for the 2013 season,” Speir said. “David will bring a lot of energy, knowledge and passion to our program. Having someone like David with 12 years of NFL experience and three Super Bowl rings around our players and coaches will be a tremendous asset and boost to our program.

“He knows what it takes to compete at a high level and it’s awesome to be able to have a guy on staff that came through our program at Western Carolina and excelled on the highest stage.”

Since he brought it up, and in the interest of full disclosure, a certain PFT writer (thumbs, this guy) went to a school familiar with that tradition, having graduated from in-state rival Appalachian State. And since Appalachian has won 26 of the last 28 meetings with Western Carolina, upholding the Catamount tradition is important.

To Appalachian fans, mostly.

On a serious note, bringing back respected players such as Patten can only add legitimacy to the program, and gives Patten a chance to begin his coaching career in a comfortable setting. We wish him the best of luck.

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12 Responses to “Former Pats wideout David Patten lands coaching job”
  1. hockeyflow33 says: Feb 11, 2013 6:29 PM

    Great news for him. He was clutch for the Pats during the Super Bowl run.

  2. jtchernak says: Feb 11, 2013 6:36 PM

    Good for him wish we still had him. The patriots need to get back to that all around solid wr core

  3. jcmeyer10 says: Feb 11, 2013 6:38 PM

    Pats fan here wishing Patten the best of luck. Guy was a rock and wish we had him and Troy Brown’s sure hands on this team. Feel like we could be wearing ring number 5 right now.

    But back to the point, only time you heard about him was about his on the field production. Wish him nothing but the best.

  4. pilot2011 says: Feb 11, 2013 7:56 PM

    the Mountain Jug will always be in Boone. DG did you see the App State recruiting class? It might be the best class a 1-aa team has ever put together.

    Bout time App gets pushed up to a FBS conference.

    Good for Patten tho, wish him the best. Glad he’s back in NC.

  5. olesaintnick says: Feb 11, 2013 8:13 PM

    Yeah he also played for the next dynasty aka The Saints. We in the Who Dat nation miss him too and wish him luck

  6. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Feb 11, 2013 8:14 PM

    One of the best fantasy football games ever about 10 years ago.

  7. nitzenbaum - not yer momma's 'skins fan says: Feb 11, 2013 9:00 PM

    On the bright side for both Pilot and Darin, the NCAA is unlikely to investigate a small school like App. Though they should. All those years with the same coach and mediocrity and then poof! 3 championships. Unnnnlikely.

    Good job Patten, welcome back to Cullowhee.

  8. patsfiend says: Feb 11, 2013 10:14 PM

    Likable guy. I remember he was loading coffee beans or something along those lines when the Pats signed him off the street. Always will remember that back-corner end zone catch against the Rams in the SB. Good luck, David.

  9. catamount1 says: Feb 11, 2013 11:02 PM

    Your loser comment really was in poor taste Darin.

  10. patriotenvy says: Feb 11, 2013 11:33 PM

    Yeah, he played for the Patriots for a only about a 1/4 of his NFL career, but that is at the top of his resume I bet. Glory days!

  11. CKL says: Feb 12, 2013 9:28 AM

    Good for the Chief. That was his nickname. Love the guy. He earned every single thing he ever got in the NFL. I bet he will be a great coach.

  12. mookieinhiding says: Feb 12, 2013 2:58 PM

    Very happy for him. A great example for young student players.

    He and Troy Brown were arguably the best WR tandem the Patriots have ever had. All due respect to 2007 Moss/Welker of course.

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