Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Ex-KU football player Elvis Patterson arrested on drunken driving charge for second time


Former Kansas University football player Elvis Patterson was arrested in Douglas County in the 1600 block of East 23rd Street early Sunday morning on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Patterson, 52, of Lenexa, was booked into Douglas County Jail on charges of driving with a suspended license, driving while intoxicated, and refusing a breath test. He was released on $1,500 bond.

In 2011, Patterson was arrested on similar charges but prosecutors dismissed a DUI charge in June 2012. He pleaded guilty to two traffic infractions, refusing a preliminary breath test and speeding for going 12 mph over the limit on Kansas Highway 10.

Patterson, who currently resides in Lenexa, played for KU as a defensive back and defensive end from 1981 to 1983. He went on to play in the NFL and was on two Super Bowl champion teams, Super Bowl XXI with the New York Giants and Super Bowl XXVIII with the Dallas Cowboys.


Jay Hawkinson 7 years, 1 month ago

He was a little before my time. I know I'm missing the point, but I'm distracted by the background - he was a defensive back and also a defensive end? Not your typical combination.

riverdrifter 7 years, 1 month ago

He played 30 years ago. This is news, why?

Ray Winger 7 years, 1 month ago

Exactly. He has no affiliation with ku for decades. We are all X-something.

Andrew Fry 7 years, 1 month ago

I agree, not sure why this is news. Why don't we embarrass him a little more. Put up a picture. Maybe his address and phone number too. Heck, let's go all out and put a sign in his front yard.

tophawk87 7 years, 1 month ago

Probably better to read about him now, with these two drunk driving incidents, then read about him later, when he kills someone on the road, someone like you or a family member. Elvis, please get the help you need....

burnmu 7 years, 1 month ago

  • 1, thanks for the intriguing article LJW. Nothing beats the old feel good KU football story, that feels more appropriate if it were 1983 not 2013

BringBackMark 7 years, 1 month ago

His nickname when he played here was Toast. Couldn't believe it when he made it big in the NFL, kinda like Chris Harris. Also can't believe it's been 30 years ago!

nuleafjhawk 7 years, 1 month ago

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79ictjhawk 7 years, 1 month ago

nuleaf got removed? Now I've seen everything!

Boise_JHawk 7 years, 1 month ago

Way back when, Elvis was my guy to guard most of one evening in pickup basketball at Robinson gym. He had a great verticle leap, but I don't remember that he played alot of defense. Maybe he understood the talent level who he was guarding.

cajhawk84 7 years, 1 month ago

Elvis was a cornerback in the pros, but Mike Gottfried had a gimmick defense at KU. It was called a wide tackle 6, so it was a 6 man front. The guys playing on the end were usually safeties who could blitz, cover, or stop the run. Elvis was a safety, but played the end position on that defense.

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