David Patten retires from football

Updated: July 31, 2010, 1:58 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Wide receiver David Patten, who was a key contributor to the New England Patriots' three Super Bowl championships, announced his retirement Saturday morning at the team's training camp.

Patten, who turns 37 on Aug. 19, said he believed he could keep up physically. But it was the mental challenge that led him to tell coach Bill Belichick he was retiring after four practices.

"This is in no way, shape or form what I anticipated coming back here this ...

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