FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A few soundbites from the practice field from players regarding David Patten's retirement:
Kevin Faulk: “It’s not a [single] game for David Patten [that I remember]. It’s David Patten the person that I remember. Sitting out, having talks with guys that needed an inspirational talk, that he felt were going in the wrong direction. That’s the David Patten I remember. I will remember the football part, but as a person, him sitting down talking to guys on the football team, one-on-one, and letting them know who’s first in life, before we do anything, and that’s god. That’s what I remember David for.”
Torry Holt: "I learned a lot from David in the short time. I have a lot of respect for [him]. It takes a lot of work to come out here, a lot of energy, to come out here on a day-to-day basis and perform and get yourself in position to make the squad, and then to make it through to get to Sundays. It's really tough. It takes a lot. He made a decision that he felt is good for himself and his family. He's very deserving of it. I would never question David Patten, ever. I never have and I never will. I have a tremendous amount of respect for him as a football player, and more importantly as a man. It takes a strong man to do that."
Julian Edelman: “Coming on time, being early, taking care of your body, competing at all times, when you’re in the weight room, you’re running routes, you’re running sprints, that’s what David Patten brought. He brought a work ethic that’s awesome, and physically he could still do it, which was awesome. …David would always say ‘it’s a roller coaster. There’s ups and downs, and you just have to be level with it.’ He’d say something like that [to me].”