|Date of birth:August 23, 1984|
|Place of birth: Savannah, Georgia|
| College: Duke |
|NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 7 / Pick: 215|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* Arizona Cardinals ( 2007– 2010)|
|Career highlights and awards|
| * Jenkins High School No. 45 Retired
|Stats at NFL.com|
Ben Patrick (born August 23, 1984) is an American football tight end who is currently a high school Varsity Football Coach at Marcos De Niza high school. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the seventh round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Duke and Delaware.
Patrick attended Herschel V. Jenkins High School in Savannah, Georgia, and was a letterman in football, basketball, and baseball. Patrick aka "Big Ben" once hit a home run longer than anyone had on record in a pony league baseball game in Savannah, Ga. Patrick got a hold of a pitch and the ball flew out of Daffin Park, over Victory Drive, and landed in the backyard birdbath of a private residence. Just like that baseball, many 14 year olds' dreams of playing in the big leagues were crushed that day.
Patrick began his college career at Duke University, where he red shirted his first year and then went on to play three seasons. After earning a degree in African American studies, he transferred to the University of Delaware for his final season of college eligibility in 2006. With the Blue Hens, Ben went on to lead Division I-AA tight ends in receiving with 64 catches for 639 yards and six touchdowns. He was an all Atlantic 10 Conference first team pick and was named a first-team All-America, He also became the first Blue Hens player invited to the Hula Bowl. Patrick was a semi-finalist for the John Mackey Award given to the top tight end position player in the nation. At the end of the season, he was rated the best tight end prospect in the NCAA Division 1-AA ranks by The NFL Draft Report in his senior season.
Patrick was selected by the Cardinals with the 25th pick in the seventh round of the 2007 NFL Draft. On September 4, 2007, Patrick was signed to the Arizona Cardinals practice squad after being cut from the roster less than a week earlier. He was promoted to the active roster on October 29. Patrick finished the 2007 season playing in 8 games with 3 games started with 7 receptions for 73 yards, including a long of 21 yards, for two touchdowns. During the 2008 regular season Patrick caught 11 passes for 104 yards, but no touchdowns. In Super Bowl XLIII, against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Patrick caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kurt Warner in the second quarter.
New York GiantsEdit
On August 1, 2011, Patrick signed a one-year contract with the New York Giants. He announced his retirement on August 6. On September 16, Patrick un-retired and was reinstated by the NFL. He became a free agent, since the Giants released him.
- ↑ "The Official Site of the Arizona Cardinals". Arizona Cardinals. Archived from the original on June 23, 2007. https://web.archive.org/web/20070623052221/http://www.azcardinals.com/team/bio.php?PRKey=136.
- ↑ Mazzeo, Mike. "Patrick retires". ESPN. http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/giants/post/_/id/5863/patrick-retires. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
- ↑ "Ben Patrick Ends Retirement; Reinstated by NFL and Released by New York Giants". Giants 101. September 16, 2011. http://www.giants101.com/2011/09/16/ben-patrick-ends-retirement-reinstated-by-nfl-and-released-by-new-york-giants/. Retrieved March 1, 2014.