Former Super Bowl champ Patten dies in motorcycle crash
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Three-time Super Bowl champion David Patten Jr. has died in a motorcycle accident. The Richland County (South Carolina) Coroner identified the victim of a Thursday night crash as the 47-year-old Patten, who is from Columbia. Patten played four seasons for the New England Patriots and won the Super Bowl with the team in the 2001, 2003 and 2004 seasons. Patten also caught the first Super Bowl touchdown pass thrown by Tom Brady. New England coach Bill Belichick is saddened by Patten’s death and called him essential to the team’s championship history.