Tragedy struck the family of NFL wide receiver legend David Patten, 47, as it was announced this week that he was involved in a fatal motorcycle crash.
According to the Washington Examiner, the three-time Super Bowl champion, who was most notable for his time with the New England Patriots, reportedly crossed the median during an outing on his motorcycle in South Carolina in which he impacted two other vehicles.
ESPN reported that one of the motorists involved in the accident was transported to a local hospital with unknown injuries. The South Carolina Highway Patrol told the outlet that the wreck was still under investigation, noting that it could take several weeks to determine what exactly transpired that led to Patten’s death.
Needless to say, Patten, who once set a receiving record under then-New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, was not only well-known but loved by many. Sam Gordon, a representative for Patten, released a statement in the wake of his untimely death.
“If there is one thing I want people to know about David, it’s that as great a player he was, he was a better man,” Gordon said.
Understandably, Patten’s family is “heartbroken” over their loss.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft released a statement concerning Patten’s death, noting the star former player’s strong Christian faith, adding that Patten went from NFL legend to influential preacher.
“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. In New England, he will always be remembered as a three-time Super Bowl Champion,” Kraft said.
Patten’s life as a football player and all-around good man was celebrated on social media as former coaches, players and fans posted a seemingly endless stream of tributes to his life both inside and outside of football.