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Nick Patti

Nick Patti graduated Dr. Phillips High School as one of the most decorated Football players in school history and, without question, the most scrutinized. Since he earned the starting quarterback position as a sophomore in 2009, armchair critics cast doubt on whether he would be successful because he wasn't the "prototypical" size for a quarterback. Patti may not have been 6'2" tall but what he did own were a cannon for an arm, speed to separate from any secondary in the open field and a heart only Secretariat wouldn't envy. As a starter, Patti led DP to a record of 35-4 over three years, including three consecutive Metro Conference and District Championships, a Regional Championship in 2010 and the school's first State Championship game appearance (2010). His poise and confidence on the field were contagious and he left his legacy in the form of eight all-time passing recordsNick Patti as well as earning All-Central Florida, All-State and the 2011 Class 8A Florida Dairy Farmers State Player of the Year. Patti owned the single game record for pass attempts (40), completions (21) and touchdown passes (5, tie); the season record for attempts (303) and touchdown passes (32); and the career record for passing yards (5,701), completions (374) and touchdown passes (66). 

In 2010 alone, Patti guided an offense that gained nearly 6,000 offensive yards, scored 99 touchdowns and averaged over 48 points per game. The Panthers set over 40 school records, including the most points ever scored in a season in the state of Florida at the 6A classification (724). A talented team, without question, and with Nick Patti at the helm, DP was dominant.

As strong-willed a competitor as Nick Patti was on the field, his respect and appreciation for those around him was unparalleled. He personified and understood John Wooden's philosophy: "The main ingredient in stardom is the rest of the team." After a career of putting doubts to rest, Nick Patti earned a Football scholarship to Boise State University and enrolled early for the spring semester of 2012 (and later transferred to UCF in 2014), leaving behind a host of records that may never be broken...and a heart that will never be forgotten. Nick Patti was inducted into the DP Athletic Hall of Fame in May, 2015.

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