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Patrick James Bates (born November 27, 1970) is a former safety in the National Football League. He was drafted in the 1st round of the 1993 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Raiders and later played for the Atlanta Falcons after being traded by the Raiders in exchange for the Falcons' second-round selection in the 1996 NFL draft.

Patrick Bates
No. 24, 29, 27
Position:Safety
Personal information
Born: (1970-11-27) November 27, 1970 (age 48)
Galveston, Texas
Career information
College:UCLA
Texas A&M
NFL Draft:1993 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Tackles:106 (29 assists)
Sacks:0.0
Interceptions:1
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Out of high school, Patrick Bates signed with UCLA, but transferred to Texas A&M in 1991. Soon, Bates would become one of the best players of the A&M's famed "Wrecking Crew" of the early 90's. In 1993, Bates was a first-round draft pick by the Los Angeles Raiders.

After several off-field mishaps, he never realized his full potential, which is why ESPN named him the 37th of the top 50 busts in NFL draft history.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

As a child, Bates' mother Jean was an alcoholic, and Bates' older brother Jarvis was shot dead when he was 22 and Patrick was still a junior in high school. Bates, Jarvis, and their younger sister Sonia Nicole had spent time under foster care.

During his freshman year at UCLA, Bates' mother and grandmother Isabel Singleton died within a month of each other.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "ESPN.com's ranking of the top 50 busts in NFL draft history". sports.espn.go.com. Retrieved 2008-05-13.

Patrick Bates on Pro Football Reference No Longer a Raider, and No Longer Miserable, New York Times, Thomas George, May 21, 1996.