Long-time NFL wide receiver David Patten, a member of three Super Bowl winning teams with the New England Patriots, was killed Thursday in a motorcycle crash age 47 in his native South Carolina, officials said.
Patten was riding a 2006 Kawasaki motorcycle when he collided with a Chevrolet sedan at 9:35 pm. in Columbia, authorities said.”I am heartbroken by the news of David’s passing,” Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Friday 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.”
Patten played for five teams over a 12-year NFL career but is best known for his four seasons with the Patriots (2001-04), including two iconic catches to help New England capture its first Super Bowl win during the 2001 season.
He hauled in an 11-yard touchdown from Drew Bledsoe during the Patriots’ 24-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship Game and followed that with a leaping 8-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady in the second quarter of the Super Bowl. It was New England’s lone offensive touchdown in the 20-17 win over the Rams.