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Inside the Huddle with WR David Patten

    <span>              <span style="">Q. You were an undrafted player coming into the league in 1997, and ended up winning three Super Bowls. How hard was it to be an undrafted player and what advice do you have for other guys that don't get drafted?</span>                

A. Well it's hard enough when you get drafted to come in and prove to everyone in the NFL that you're a big time player and a professional. When you go undrafted, it's just adds makes the odds stacked up that much higher against you. The bottom line is that it comes down to heart and will-power. You have to go out there and fight, day in and day out, to prove that you are a playmaker.

Q. You are a pretty good example of hard work to a lot of the players out here trying to make the team. As a veteran in the Saints wide receiver core, how have you helped guys like Robert Meachem and Adrian Arrington, young players that clearly have talent but need to learn the ropes in the NFL?

A. The bottom line is that you have to come out and forget about what you did in college. You have to forget about all of the expectations set for you. You just have to focus on your talents, capabilities, gifts and who you are. You have to go out there and prove to yourself that you can go out there and make plays, and the rest will take care of itself. The focus is all on honing on your gifts and talents.

Q. You had three 100-yard receiving games last season, on top of ranking second on the team for receiving yards with 792. What are some of your goals for this season?

A. I always set my goals high. I always anticipate surpassing the 1,000-yard marker for total receiving yards in a season. Throughout my twelve years, I've never gotten that far off. The most that I've had is around 850. I feel like it's possible, and that's my goal every year. My true goal is to come in, be a team player and to always support and encourage all of the guys around me.

Q. What are some hidden talents or hobbies that you have outside of football?

A. I love to sing. I love to sing gospel music. I'm in a choir and a group at church. We have a gospel group where I sing high tenor. All my family tells me that I can't sing, but when it comes for singing for the Lord, it doesn't matter what you sound like, it's the content of the heart.

Q. Out of all three Super Bowls that you have won, which is your favorite?

A. By far, the first one. There's nothing like a first love. There's nothing like your first girlfriend, I guess you could say. You always remember her. You never forget her, because she's etched into your mind. It's something that you work for all of your life and then when you finally accomplish it, it's really like a dream come true. The two that followed were basically like a been-there, done-that. The first one goes back to when you were a kid, dreaming of making a great touchdown catch and winning a Super Bowl.

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