Marvcus Patton

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Marvcus Patton
No. 53
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1967-05-01) May 1, 1967 (age 47)
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 241 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school: Lawndale (CA) Leuzinger
College: UCLA
NFL Draft: 1990 / Round: 8 / Pick: 208
Debuted in 1990 for the Buffalo Bills
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Marvcus Raymond Patton (born May 1, 1967 in Los Angeles, California) is a former professional American football player who was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the 8th round of the 1990 NFL Draft. A 6'2", 239-lb. linebacker from UCLA, Patton played in 13 NFL seasons from 1990 to 2002 for the Bills, the Washington Redskins, and the Kansas City Chiefs. Patton never missed a regular season game in his entire career. After earning a full-time starting role in his fourth season with the Bills, he started all but three games for the remainder of his career.

Early life[edit]

Patton was just 9-years-old when his father, an undercover detective in Los Angeles, was shot and killed in the line of duty. His mother, Barbara Patton, a former Women's National Football League player with the Los Angeles Dandelions,[1] taught Patton about football. Mother and son both played middle linebacker, with Barbara once breaking an opposing player's helmet.[2] “I thought it was really cool to tell my friends that my mom was a linebacker,” Patton once shared.

Football career[edit]

Earning an academic scholarship, Patton was a walk-on at UCLA. Typically, students without an athletic scholarship are lucky to have a place on special teams. However, the astute Patton was a starter his senior year, gaining All-America honorable mention, and also was a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention while earning a political science degree with academic honors.

Personal life[edit]

Currently, Patton resides in the Washington D.C. area with his wife, Ina Patton, and their two children. Marvcus is a restaurateur and owns sports-themed restaurants in Northern Virginia, one of which is Lucky's Sports Theatre and Grill.[3][4] in Springfield, Virginia. Patton and his wife also created a children's apparel and book company, Girls Like Math, that promotes positive images for girls and challenges gender stereotypes with fun, hip clothing and entertaining books and games.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Los Angeles Area Women's Professional Football Teams." www.angelfire.com. Retrieved June 18, 2013.
  2. ^ Price, Terry. "In His Mother's Footsteps." Hartford Courant, January 22, 1992. www.courant.com. Retrieved October 20, 2012.
  3. ^ "Lucky's Sports Theatre & Grill." Retrieved October 25,2013.
  4. ^ Creech, Justin. "Former Redskin is now a Restauranteur." www.capcentre.net, June 5, 2010. Retrieved October 20, 2012.
  5. ^ Patton, Ina. "Our Story." www.girlslikemath.com. Retrieved October 25, 2013.