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Posted by Albert Breer  July 31, 2010 11:58 AM

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"We had quite a lot of players that work hard. I think David sets the pace as far as work ethic. In the offseason program, he’s always out in front, he’s always the one that other players are trying to keep up with. He’s got a great attitude, a very professional attitude and his work ethic, his toughness, and of course his speed and his receiving ability, those are the things that kept him in the league and made him the outstanding player he was. There are a number of times I’ve been over in the hall 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 on the Tulane practice field. We ran the out-cut, I was talking to Ernie (Adams), felt like they would sit on the route, just the way they were playing. Then Charlie (Weis) and I talked about it and turned it into an out-and-up, and it was our only offensive touchdown of the game. Although he made one the week before against Pittsburgh for a touchdown in that game.

"He’s had a tremendous career, he’s meant a lot to this team, a lot to this organization going back to ’01, ’02, ’03, when we were getting the program started. The toughness and the attitude and leadership he brought to our football team in kind of a quiet, Troy Brown-kind of way. He did his job, worked hard, set the pace for everybody else to keep up with. The coaches, he’d outwork us too. But it was very important.

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