Eagles Release Long-Time Defensive Tackle Mike PattersonBREAKING NEWS, Defensive Line, Eagles, News Monday, February 25th, 2013
The Eagles have just announced the release of their longest-tenured player. Veteran defensive tackle Mike Patterson was let go. He was selected by the Eagles in the first round of the 2005 draft. He has played his entire eight-year career here as a Bird.
Patterson just released the following statement via the team:
“I want to thank the fans for all of their support over eight years in Philadelphia. It is never easy to say goodbye to a fan base that supported me no matter what. My goal was to come to work every day to try and make the Philadelphia Eagles the best organization we could be. The Eagles organization has treated me and my family with nothing but respect since the day I was drafted and I wish Mr. Lurie, Howie, the new coaches and all of my teammates all the best going forward. I will miss them all and I will always have a place in my heart for the Eagles and for the city of Philadelphia.”
For the last few years, the 29-year-old has undergone some serious health issues which sidelined for quite a while.
During his time here with the Birds, he played in 115 games (99 starts) and contributed 551 tackles, 16.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries.
Amazingly, Patterson, who isn’t a speedster has the Eagles franchise record for longest fumble return for a touchdown. It occurred on September 24, 2006 against the San Francisco 49ers. It was a 98-yard return.
“Mike Patterson is one of the toughest players I have ever been around in the National Football League,” said Eagles general manager Howie Roseman. “He has overcome many obstacles throughout his career and I have the upmost respect for him because of it. Coach Kelly and I each had great conversations with him today. He is a class act. He gave this organization eight great seasons of hard work and dedication and we wish him all the best as he continues his career in this league.”
He never put up big numbers from a sack standpoint but he was considered a solid hard nosed player during the time he has been here.
I’ve got to give him credit for playing with a brain injury or brain abnormality which he had that was corrected during surgery.
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