- Patrick Bates
birthdate=birth date and age|1970|11|27
* L.A./Oakland Raiders (1993-1995)
nfl=BAT131733 Patrick James Bates (born
November 27, 1970in Galveston, Texas) is a former safety in the National Football League. He was drafted in the 1st round of the 1993 NFL Draftby the Los Angeles Raiders and later played for the Atlanta Falcons.
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, Patrick 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
ESPNnamed him the 37th of the top 50 busts in NFL drafthistory [cite web |url=http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/draft08/news/story?id=3325995 |title= ESPN.com's ranking of the top 50 busts in NFL draft history.|accessdate=2008-05-13 |format= |work= sports.espn.go.com] .
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