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Bill Belichick Shares What He Did After David Patten's Death

Patriots receiver David Patten runs with the ball during Super Bowl XXXVI.

03 Feb 2002: David Patten #86 of the New England Patriots takes a running pass and tries to outrun the St.Louis Rams during Superbowl XXXVI at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Patriots defeated the Rams 20-17. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The New England Patriots suffered a tragic loss last week when former wide receiver David Patten was killed in a motorcycle accident.

The 47-year-old Patten was a key contributor on three Patriots Super Bowl teams during his four seasons with the club from 2001-04. In total, he lasted 12 seasons in the NFL with five different teams. Not bad for an undrafted free agent out of Western Carolina.

On Tuesday, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick appeared on "The Greg Hill Show" on WEEI. During his segment, he discussed with the hosts, including former New England tight end Jermaine Wiggins, how he went about remembering Patten after he passed away.

“It was very, very sad news for the organization,” Belichick said "… Thinking about the Snow Bowl, the 100 yards he had receiving in the snow. So, I went back and watched some of those films, thinking about David. Saw you (Jermaine Wiggins) and your catches, and the one that pass that David didn’t catch that went through his hands that you caught — an amazing play.

“It’s really a celebration of David’s great life that he lived, but also a very, very sad day for our team to hear the news on Friday. I know how much he meant to you (Wiggins) and how much he mean to all of us. What an inspirational person he was. He’ll be missed, he’s in our thoughts and his family is in our prayers.”

In his four years with the Patriots, Patten posted 165 receptions for 2,513 yards and 16 touchdowns.

In the postseason, Patten produced 15 catches for 174 yards and two scores. His biggest playoff contributions came in 2001, when he caught eight passes for 107 yards in the "Snow Bowl" win over Oakland and then added touchdown receptions in the AFC Championship Game and Super Bowl.

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