New England Patriots

3 Feb 2002: Wide receiver David Patten #86 of the New England Patriots pulls in a pass for a touch down to give the Patriots a 13-3 lead as cornerback Dexter McCleon #21 of the St. Louis Rams can only watch during the second quarter of Super Bowl XXXVI between the New England Patriots and the St. Louis Rams at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr/Getty Images

The New England Patriots have tragically lost a hero from their first Super Bowl victory, as wide receiver David Patten has died in a motorcycle accident, according to some of those closest to the South Carolina native.

The news of Patten’s passing was first made public by former teammate Richard Seymour, while Erik Kimrey, the current tight ends coach for the University of South Carolina, also posted his condolences to the Patten family via Twitter.¬†Patten’s cousin, George Moore Jr., meanwhile, took to Twitter to express his grief regarding Patten’s death.

Signed by the Patriots prior to the 2001 season, Patten was part of New England’s first 21st century dynasty, and came through with the iconic catch in the team’s Super Bowl XXXVI win over the St. Louis Rams. Patten made an eerily similar catch in the Patriots’ AFC-clinching win over the Pittsburgh Steelers just two weeks prior, too, and finished the 2001 postseason with 13 receptions for 154 yards along with those two aforementioned touchdowns.

It would be the first of three Super Bowl championships Patten won during his four-season run with the Patriots (with Patten an active player for two of the three championships, with his 2003 season cut short by injury), and with a four-year stat line that included 165 catches, 2,513 yards, 16 receiving touchdowns, and one passing touchdown.

An arena football pro before joining the NFL, Patten totaled 324 catches, 4,715 yards, and 24 touchdowns in 147 games between the Patriots, New York Giants, New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins, and Cleveland Browns.


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