The New England Patriots are deeply saddened to learn of the lack of former Patriots wide receiver David Patten. Patten passed away on September 2 at the age of 47.
“I am heartbroken by the news of David’s passing,” mentioned Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft. “He was a religious Christian who adopted his ardor following his soccer career and based his own ministry. David transitioned from an undersized and understated huge receiver to a robust and passionate preacher. In New England, he’ll always be remembered as a three-time Super Bowl Champion.
His touchdown reception in the AFC Championship sport at Pittsburgh propelled the Patriots to Super Bowl XXXVI and I will never forget his remarkable catch behind the top zone in that sport. It was our solely offensive landing within the Super Bowl and secured our first championship in franchise history. Our sincerest sympathies are with his spouse, Galiena, his household, and all who are mourning David’s tragic and untimely death.”
“It breaks my heart to hear of David’s tragic passing at such a younger age,” mentioned Patriots Head Coach Invoice Belichick. “I’m grateful to have coached David. He’s a necessary individual and participant in Patriot’s history, without whom we might not have been Super Bowl champions. I especially admire David for his professional journey.
As a lot as anybody, David epitomized the unheralded, self-made player who defied huge odds to not solely earn a job within the NFL but to develop into a key participant on a number of championship groups. I can speak with anyone who had the pleasure to be around David that his work ethic, positive vitality, and character were elite. My deepest condolences are together with his family and loved ones.”
Patten played in 54 regular-season games with 44 starts for the Patriots from 2001-04 and likewise performed in six postseasons games with three begins during his tenure in New England. He caught 165 passes for two,513 yards, and 16 touchdowns within the common season and added 15 receptions for 174 yards with two touchdowns in the postseason for the Patriots.
One of the best statistical yr in his 12 NFL seasons was in 2004 with New England when he registered 800 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns. Patten was on the receiving end of the second-longest move play in Patriot’s history, 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 turned the sixth participant since 1960 – and the first since Walter Payton (1979) – to hurry for a touchdown, catch a touchdown pass and pass for a touchdown in the same sport