Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft mourn loss of David Patten

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Former Patriots wide receiver David Patten, who died in a motorcycle accident at the age of 47, is being remembered as a consummate teammate with the Patriots.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick recalled how Patten, who was undrafted out of Western Carolina and began his pro football career in the Arena League, built himself up into a significant contributor on three Super Bowl teams.

It breaks my heart to hear of David’s tragic passing at such a young age,” Belichick said. “I am grateful to have coached David. He is an essential person and player in Patriots history, without whom we would not have been Super Bowl champions. I especially appreciate David for his professional journey. As much as anyone, David epitomized the unheralded, self-made player who defied enormous odds to not only earn a job in the NFL but to become a key player on multiple championship teams. I can speak for anyone who had the pleasure to be around David that his work ethic, positive energy and character were elite. My deepest condolences are with his family and loved ones.”

Patriots owner Robert Kraft called Patten a fine man who was vital to the team.

“I am heartbroken by the news of David’s passing,” Kraft said. “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 powerful and passionate preacher. In New England, he will always be remembered as a three-time Super Bowl Champion. His touchdown reception in the AFC Championship game at Pittsburgh propelled the Patriots to Super Bowl XXXVI and I’ll never forget his remarkable catch in the back of the end zone in that game. It was our only offensive touchdown in the Super Bowl and secured our first championship in franchise history. Our sincerest sympathies are with his wife, Galiena, his family and all who are mourning David’s tragic and untimely death.”

Patten played for the Patriots from 2001 to 2004 and also finished his career in New England with a brief stint there in 2010.

17 responses to “Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft mourn loss of David Patten

  1. Classy comments and it’s the truth. He was one of the many key players that were instrumental in helping form that first dynasty. It was so muvh more than just 1 guy at the qb position.

    The best compliment I can give is if you had a team of David Pattens, you’re going to have a really good team.

    RIP

  2. Gosh,I loved watching David Patten WR play in a Cleveland Browns uniform. A great underrated Wide Receiver that was very exciting to watch the way he played the game.
    God Bless you David Patten, rest in peace. You will be greatly missed!

  3. Way too young…my condolences to David Patten’s family and friends. He was very underrated.

  4. I’ll never forget his performance in the regular season against the Colts:

    Receiving TD
    Rushing TD
    Punt return TD

    Only a handful of players have done that in NFL history.

    Not just a receiver, he was football player. Rest in peace.

  5. Classy comments and it’s the truth. He was one of the many key players that were instrumental in helping form that first dynasty. It was so much more than just 1 guy for these dynasties as BB points out. The best compliment I can give is if you had a team of David Pattens, you’re going to have a really good team. RIP

  6. I think against the Colts it was passing, rushing, and receiving TDs, but still freaking awesome! At the time he was the second NFL player to do it. Walter Payton was the 1st, 22 years before Patten.

  7. tedy54 says:
    September 3, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    I think against the Colts it was passing, rushing, and receiving TDs,
    —-

    You’re absolutely right. I’m getting old!

    I think only like a dozen plyers have scored 3 different ways in a game

  8. In case any of thumbs down crowd cares to, you know, think, all you do by doing your little thing like you do on these tragedy articles just reminds the rest of us not to take the few seriously. Enjoy your weekend

  9. Character shows. Pattens was a family man, a man of God. Those who hate on a much loved man need to spend some time in from of the mirror asking where it all went wrong. I pray nightly to be a better husband, father, and neighbor.

    Is it a sin to make fun of the NY Jets? I got the butt fumble on speed dial.

    RIP, David.

  10. Those TD catches to help beat Pitts then the Rams in the SB were huge and the exact same route !

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