Growing up in San Diego, Patrick's life at home was marked by fluctuation and uncertainty.
"My dad did 15 years in federal prison, and my mom, I think she did three or four," Patrick says. "I was raised by everybody — my mom and dad, my stepmom, my grandma and grandpa — everybody played a part."
While it was challenging at times, that Patrick's foundation was formed by so many family members also became his greatest inspiration as he put himself on a path to pro football.
"My biggest motivation is just to make sure my family's good," Patrick says. "We had a lot of stuff happen in my family, and me being out here playing on Sundays, achieving my goals, being able to provide when it's needed and putting smiles on their faces because people are talking about me on TV — that's all I want to do."
Patrick's path to the NFL would not prove easy, despite his succeeding as a promising dual-sport athlete in high school.
While he ran the table during his senior year at University City High School in San Diego, earning first-team all-league and team MVP honors in football and second-team all-league and team MVP honors in basketball, Patrick received no substantial Division I offers,. Instead, he attended junior college at Grossmont College.
Patrick was immediately a standout in JUCO football, but poor grades derailed his hopes of transferring to a D1 college.
"I lost 10 offers out of junior college," Patrick says. "I was gonna go to Georgia, but they pulled my offer once they saw my transcript. Utah was the only big school that stuck around. They said 'If you pass all of your classes, we'll have a spot here for you.'"
Patrick held up his end of the deal and so did Utah — but while the Utes did have a place for him, like nearly everything else in Patrick's life, he had to earn it.
Patrick impressed immediately, walking on at Utah and coming away with a scholarship offer after only one day of practice.
"They ran out of offers [coming in]," Patrick says, "so I had to come in as a walk on. I got offered after the first practice."
Patrick had finally arrived at a big school where he could showcase his talent on a big stage. In his first season, he came on quickly, appearing in nine games and making four starts. But during that ninth game, Patrick suffered a brutal compound fracture in his left leg.
The injury sidelined Patrick for over a year, but it also gave him a chance to step back and reevaluate his priorities.
"It was my first injury, so it was an eye-opener," Patrick says. "My thought process when I first got [to Utah] was to play one year and enter the draft, no matter what. I was sick of school and that injury kind of slowed me down. It pretty much opened my eyes to more things — it allowed me to be able to graduate college, and I feel like I came away a better football player after it, mentally. Just going through something like that, I became mentally strong."
While the injury cost him a season of football, including several months where he couldn't walk, Patrick looks back on it as a positive in his life. The injury shifted his perspective, preparing him for the long road to a roster spot in the NFL.
"I just had a simple mindset, and [the injury] kind of humbled me to appreciate more things," Patrick says. "I tell people to this day that I'm glad that it happened, because it made me who I am today."
The challenges Patrick has faced in his life, including his injury, have played a big part in shaping the foundation of humility that keeps him grounded in the NFL.
"I think I appreciate things that some people probably don't appreciate, because I know how it feels to have nothing, and obviously now I know how it feels to have something," Patrick says. "I got 'God is greater than the highs and the lows' [tattooed] on my hand, because I've been at the bottom and I've been at the top. Some people [at the top] kind of get stuck in that lifestyle and they usually end up falling off. I'm just trying to stay in that middle range — appreciating everything that's happened to me but also staying humble at the same time."
Patrick returned from his injury to complete his final season at Utah, racking up 711 yards and five touchdowns in 12 games. He did not receive an invitation to participate in the NFL Combine, but put up an impressive performance at Utah's Pro Day, including a 4.47 40-yard dash.