Martin Patton

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Martin Patton
Date of birth October 21, 1970
Place of birth Missouri City, Texas
Date of death November 20, 2012
Career information
Status Retired
CFL status International
Position(s) RB
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg)
College Texas A&I
Career history
As player
1994–95 Shreveport Pirates
1996 Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Martin Patton (October 21, 1970 – November 20, 2012) was a running back in the Canadian Football League.[1]

Originally playing with the powerhouse University of Miami Hurricanes,[2] Patton ran into legal trouble. He received probation for credit card fraud and later had an altercation with police after a car accident (Patton lost most of his family in automotive accidents)[3][4] His promising opportunity ended when he was dropped by the Hurricanes and he finished his college at Texas A&I.[5] He led the Javelinas in rushing yards, with 876, in 1992 and was a Lone Star Conference all-star.[6]

He played professional football with the CFL expansion Shreveport Pirates in 1994, leading the team with 659 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns. In 1995, he rushed for over 1,000 yards (1040) and was 3rd best rusher in the league.[7] He finished his career in 1996 with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.[8]

Finally, Patton is in the CFL record books, tied with Earl Lunsford for having scored 5 rushing touchdowns in one game, against Winnipeg on August 5, 1995.[9]

Martin died in a car accident November 20, 2012 in Shelby County, Texas.[10]