New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 26: James White #28 of the New England Patriots warms up before the game against the New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

On the day the Patriots 2022 season was set to begin on the field, news off the field of James White’s retirement was the biggest story of the day. White won three Super Bowls in his eight seasons in New England. He also became known for playing his best football in the biggest games.

Bill Belichick sits down with Scott Zolak before each game on the Patriots Radio Network. Prior to Thursday’s preseason game against the Giants, Zo asked Belichick for some thoughts about White’s career.

“James is a very special player for our team and for me as well and just to watch him grow from his rookie year to the roles that he had for us ultimately becoming a team captain,” said Belichick. “Super Bowl performances and big game performances and really hard to fill the shoes of a Kevin Faulk or even Vereen after him but he’s certainly right there in that category and just had a tremendous level of consistency.”

“I’d say big game performances that helped us win and a lot in those critical situations, two-minute, third down, end of the game type situations. So very fortunate to have had the opportunity to coach James and we’ll always wish him well and glad he’s part of the family”

“I know he worked extremely hard to try to come back off a really big injury. It’s always tough at the end of the career but, I love James.”

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