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Former TE Ben Patrick plays role of hero

Posted on: February 27, 2012 9:22 am
Edited on: February 27, 2012 9:24 am
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By Josh Katzowitz

The last time we heard from Cardinals tight end Ben Patrick, he had just suffered a displaced kneecap in August 2010, and though that injury might sound rather, um, unhealthy, he said he was determined to be ready for that regular season.

It turns out, he was right, as he started in Week 1 and went on to catch a career-high 15 passes that season for Arizona, and though he was out of the league in 2011 following his surprising retirement, that kind of determination clearly isn’t reserved just for the football field.

As AZ Family reports, Patrick played the role of hero last weekend when he helped rescue a group of people who were trapped inside their overturned van following an auto accident on Saturday.

Patrick was driving his Lamborghini on Interstate 17 near Black Canyon, Az., when he came upon a van lying on its side. He stopped his car, and he smelled gas leaking from the van.

"My first thought was just to help the people on the inside," he said. “I ran over and I looked in the front window and everybody was laying sideways and I debated on kicking the window in, but I didn't want to get glass over everyone.”

Patrick retired before the 2011 season, saying he needed to attend to some family and personal matters, but about a month later, he unretired. The Giants held his rights, but released them, making him a free agent. He worked out for the Chiefs but didn’t sign a deal for 2011.

Patrick said he hopes to sign with the Panthers this year. But if not, Patrick can take solace in the fact that he’s already put forth a heroic performance so far in 2012.

                             


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Comments

Since: Sep 11, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2012 9:08 pm
 

Former TE Ben Patrick plays role of hero

Good on you Ben.

Character always weathers adversity. Good luck in the 2012 season.



Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2012 4:58 pm
 

Former TE Ben Patrick plays role of hero

Great job!  Easy to just keep driving....  Hope he gets picked up for 2012.  I'll root for him!



Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2012 2:00 pm
 

Former TE Ben Patrick plays role of hero

An unsung hero. Way to go Ben!Cool



Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2012 1:21 pm
 

Former TE Ben Patrick plays role of hero

THis great.
Love to see guys like this respond to emergency.
He can be called a warrior.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2012 11:17 am
 

Former TE Ben Patrick plays role of hero

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Since: Feb 27, 2012
Posted on: February 27, 2012 9:26 am
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