David Patten, former Patriots extensive receiver, dies aged 47
Former New England Patriots wide receiver David Patten died Thursday at the age of 47.
According to the state newspaper, the cause of death was a motorcycle accident. The accident occurred in Richland County, South Carolina.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol told The State that Paten’s motorcycle pulled into the opposite lane and hit a limo.
Patten played 12 seasons in the NFL and was originally picked up by the New York Giants during the 1997 season after leaving Western Carolina without a draft. He made his biggest impact with the Patriots, scoring Tom Brady’s first touchdown after the season in the Super Bowl 36 victory over the St. Louis Rams.
Patten was a multidimensional threat – catching, running, and throwing a touchdown in a 2001 game against the Indianapolis Colts. He was also part of the Patriots victories in Super Bowls 38 and 39.
Patten also played for the Washington Football Team, the New Orleans Saints, and the Cleveland Browns.
He retired in 2010, catching 324 passes for 4,715 yards and 24 touchdowns.