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    Ian's Daily Blog - Patriots receiver David Patten announced his retirement this morning, ending an NFL career where he helped bring New England three championships.

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    Some of Patten's teammates talk about his influence:

    It Is What It Is Teammates talk about Patten’s influence

    Matt Light: I was actually looking forward to playing with DP. A good guy. A great leader. A good guy to have in the locker room. ... his work ethic. He’s a humble guy. He goes about his business the right way. A true professional that other guys look up to, and he’s a good role model for the younger cats to come in and maybe have an idea as to what the league is all about.

    Julian Edelman: Just a professional. You’re not just an athlete. You’re a professional. Being on time, being early, taking care of your body, competing at all times, whether you’re in the weight room or running a route or sprints. That’s what David Patten brought. He brought a work ethic that was awesome.

    Kevin Faulk: He was an inspiration. Every aspect of a man that you would want to model yourself [after] — similar to Troy Brown. He lifts you up, in every aspect. … The funny thing is it’s not a game with David Patten. It’s David Patten the person that I’ll remember most. Sitting down and having talks with guys that need to be talked to. Inspirational talks with guys he might feel are going in the wrong direction. That’s the David Patten I’ll remember.
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    Bill Belichick comments on Patten:

    Official Patriots Football Weekly Blog Blog Archive Quick Kicks: Patten retirement reax

    “There are a number of times when I’ve been over in the Hall [at Patriot Place] next door or you flip on the TV and it seems like there’s always a David Patten highlight. He had so many big plays for us – of course the catch in Super Bowl XXXVI.

    “I remember when we changed that play; I can still see it down there in the Tulane practice field. We ran the out-cut. I was talking to Ernie [Adams] and [we] felt like [the Rams] would be sitting on the route just the way we were playing. And then Charlie [Weis] and I talked about it and we turned it into an out-and-up and it was our only offensive touchdown in the game. That’s just a typical David Patten play, although he made one the week before against Pittsburgh for a touchdown in that game from Drew [Bledsoe]. He’s had a tremendous career.”
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    Edelman and Light make him sound like he could have a future in coaching or conditioning in the future...
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