Former New England Patriots wide receiver David Patten died Thursday at the age of 47
  • Former New England Patriots wide receiver David Patten died Thursday at the age of 47
  • David Patten cause of death was motorcycle accident
  • The accident occurred in Richland County, South Carolina. 

Former pro football player David Patten, a three-time Super Bowl champion, has died on Thursday, September 2, 2021. He was 47.

David Patten cause of death

The athlete, David Patten, died on Thursday in a motorcycle crash in South Carolina, the Boston Globe reported Friday.

Patten was riding his 2006 Kawasaki motorcycle in the westbound lane on Clemson Road in Richland County at 9:35 p.m. when he crossed into the oncoming lane and hit a 2014 Chevrolet sedan, which then hit a 2019 Honda van, the South Carolina Highway Patrol confirmed to NewPakWeb.


The driver of the Chevrolet was injured in the crash and taken to a local hospital, while the two passengers in the Honda were uninjured. Patten sustained fatal injuries in the crash.

Further details about the accident, which is still under investigation, have not been released.

Video: David Patten died in a motorcycle accident on Thursday

Fans and Friends Mourn the death of David Patten

Patten’s death is being felt throughout the football community, and several of his former coaches and teammates have spoken out in their heartbreak.

It breaks my heart to hear of David’s tragic passing at such a young age,” said Bill Belichick, the New England Patriots head coach.


“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,” Belichick said in his statement. “I especially appreciate David for his professional journey. As much as anyone, David epitomized the unheralded, self-made player who defied enormous odds to not only earn a job in the NFL but to become a key player on multiple championship teams.”

“I can speak for anyone who had the pleasure to be around David that his work ethic, positive energy and character were elite,” Belichick said. “My deepest condolences are with his family and loved ones.”

Patten was Patriots Star and Three-Time Super Bowl Champion

David Patten played on the Patriots from 2001 to 2004 and helped the team win its first-ever Super Bowl
David Patten played on the Patriots from 2001 to 2004 and helped the team win its first-ever Super Bowl. Image via Twitter

David Patten (August 19, 1974 – September 2, 2021) was an American professional football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Albany Firebirds of the Arena Football League as a street free agent in 1996. Starting in 1997, he played in the NFL and competed for 12 seasons through 2008. He played college football at Western Carolina.

Patten was also a member of the Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints, Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots. He won three Super Bowls with the Patriots.

Personal information
Born:August 19, 1974
Hopkins, South Carolina
Died:September 2, 2021 (aged 47)
Columbia, South Carolina
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:192 lb (87 kg)
Career information
High school:Hopkins (SC) Lower Richland
College:Western Carolina
Career history
As a player:
Albany Firebirds (1996)
New York Giants (1997–1999)
Cleveland Browns (2000)
New England Patriots (2001–2004)
Washington Redskins (2005–2006)
New Orleans Saints (2007–2008)
Cleveland Browns (2009)
*New England Patriots (2010)*
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As a coach:
Western Carolina (2013–2021)
(asst coach)
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