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David Patten (1974–2021), Patriots wide receiver who won three Super Bowls

by Linnea Crowther

David Patten was an NFL wide receiver who won three Super Bowls while playing with the New England Patriots in the early 2000s.

Football career

Patten played college football for Western Carolina University before joining the Arena Football League in 1996. He played briefly for the Albany Firebirds before being signed by the New York Giants in 1997. Patten went on to play for the Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins, and New Orleans Saints as well as his time with the Patriots.  His career highlight came with the Patriots as he earned three Super Bowl rings, in Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVIII, and XXXIX. In his first Super Bowl, Patten caught the first postseason touchdown pass of quarterback Tom Brady’s career. In 2001, Patten became the first player since 1979 to catch, run, and throw for a touchdown in the same game. After his playing career ended in 2010, Patten coached for Western Carolina University and was pastor of Anointed Word of Life Ministries.

Tributes to David Patten

Full obituary: The State

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