A 47-year-old former National Football League wide receiver, David Patten, who won three Super Bowl titles with the New England Patriots, has died in a motorcycle crash.
The NFL, as it is fondly called by lovers of the sport, is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams.
The crash occured in his hometown of Columbia, South Carolina, on Thursday, Sept 2, according to Richland County Coroner, Naida Rutherford.
South Carolina Highway Patrol, Lance Cpl. Nick Pye, said that a motorcycle driver, identified by the coroner as Patten, crossed the median, causing a crash involving two other cars.
One of the cars' drivers was also taken to a hospital with undisclosed injuries.
The crash remains under investigation by the highway patrol and the coroner.
Patriots owner, Robert Kraft in a statement said, "I am heartbroken by the news of David's passing."
Kraft, speaking further, said, "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."
Patten was a wide receiver for the Patriots between 2001 and 2004, winning three Super Bowls with the team.
He also played for the New Orleans Saints and Washington.
Patten played his final NFL game in 2008 and finished with 324 receptions for 4,715 yards and 24 touchdowns.