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Patriots wide receiver David Patten announces retirement

New England Patriots wide receiver David Patten announced earlier this morning that he is retiring from football. Patten, 35, a veteran of twelve seasons has decided to hang up the cleats after signing with the Patriots earlier this year. Patten was out of football in 2009. This was to be his second stint with the Patriots, having played here from 2001-2004, Patten was a key contributor for three Super Bowl-winning teams during that span.

In a special press conference held before practice at Gillette Stadium this morning, Patten opened his remarks by explaining why he was retiring, “This is in no way, shape or form what I anticipated coming back here this year,” he said. “I’m actually a little saddened that I’m proving some of the naysayers right this morning. Some felt I signed back with the team to retire, but that was not part of my thought process. I honestly felt like I could still play this game and play at a high level. I felt the competitive spirit and nature was still there, but over the course of the last two days and over the course of the break [before training camp] away from the team, there was a lot of reflection. There was a lot of contemplation.”

“I just felt like it was time. It just hit me yesterday. Camp was going really well. I was still able to go out and be competitive and operate at a high level, but I believe once you get to the point in your career where it’s multiple years — it would be my 13th year — and you’re thinking about it mentally and you’re not 100 percent into it mentally wise, it’s tough to play this game. I always felt like when I got to that that point, it would be in my best interests to walk away.”

Patten was an excellent wide receiver for New England in his prime, but was a long shot to make this years roster. His leadership, wealth of knowledge, and ability to tutor the younger wide receivers on the roster will be missed however. Patten’s retirement leaves Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Julian Edelman, Brandon Tate, Taylor Price, Torry Holt, Sam Aiken, and Matthew Slater on the Patriots depth chart. Patriots training camp continues with another double session today, check back for a full recap later on today’s action.

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