Some tragic news was reported on Friday morning in the National Football League. Former NFL wide receiver David Patten, who won three Super Bowl titles with the New England Patriots, was killed in a motorcycle crash Thursday outside Columbia, South Carolina, according to Richland County Coroner Naida Rutherford. He was just 47years old.
According to South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Nick Pye, Patten crossed the median, causing a crash involving two other cars. One of the cars’ drivers was also taken to a hospital with undisclosed injuries.
The crash remains under investigation by the highway patrol and the coroner.
“I am heartbroken by the news of David’s passing,” Patriots owner Robert Kraft said in a statement. “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.”
Patten was a member of the Patriots from 2001 to 2004. He played for five teams over a 12-year NFL career, but was known for being the one who caught the only offensive touchdown for the Patriots during their first Super Bowl win, in the 2001 season against the Rams, hauling in an 8-yard pass from then-quarterback Tom Brady to give New England a 14-3 lead just before halftime.
This is what his former coach Bill Belichick said in a statement:
“It breaks my heart to hear of David’s tragic passing at such a young age. 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.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Patten’s family and loved ones.
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