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Bryan Pata


Personal Info
Date of Birth August 12, 1984
Place of Birth Miami, Florida
Date of Death November 7, 2006
Place of Death Miami, Florida
Height 6'4"
Weight 280 pounds
Player Information
Position Defensive Lineman
Number 95
School University of Miami
Teams Played For
Miami Hurricanes

Bryan Sidney Pata (August 12, 1984 - November 7, 2006) was an American football defensive lineman for the Miami Hurricanes and was majoring in criminology.[1]



Pata played three seasons at North Miami High School before moving on to Miami Central High School. He was named to SuperPrep's All-America team, and rated as the nation's 26th-best defensive lineman by that magazine. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also named him as one of the top 100 players in the South.[2]

He chose to attend the University of Miami after also considering Rutgers University, the University of Florida and Oklahoma University.

Pata was in his fourth year with the Hurricanes and was expected to be selected in the 2007 NFL Draft.[3] He appeared in 41 games, making 23 starts. Pata played primarily defensive tackle in his last season, totaling 13 tackles and two sacks. He had been placed on the watch list for the Hendricks Award, awarded to college football's top defensive end.[4]


On November 7, 2006 Pata was shot dead outside his apartment complex after leaving team practice earlier that day.[3] The shooting was ruled a homicide by police. He was 22. [1] The case remains unsolved.


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