(WJW) — David Patten, who won three Super Bowl rings with the New England Patriots, passed away at the age of 47 Thursday night.
According to WCBD, Patten was killed in a motorcycle crash. Three vehicles were involved in the collision, the South Carolina Highway Patrol said.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick released a statement on Patten’s passing, saying they are heartbroken.
“His touchdown reception in the AFC Championship game at Pittsburgh propelled the Patriots to Super Bowl XXXVI and I’ll never forget his remarkable catch in the back of the end zone in that game. It was our only offensive touchdown in the Super Bowl and secured our first championship in franchise history,” Kraft said.
Kraft said Patten was a devout Christian who followed his passion following his football career and founded his own ministry.
Patten leaves behind his wife, Galiena.
Patten played for several teams over his career including the Cleveland Browns, where he was signed in 1999 and then again in 2009. He also played for the New York Giants and the New Orleans Saints.
Several of Patten’s former teammates including Richard Seymour remembered him on social media Friday:
Patten announced his retirement from the NFL in 2010.