New England Patriots

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - SEPTEMBER 19: Running back James White #28 of the New England Patriots runs the ball against cornerback Michael Carter II #30 the New York Jets in the second quarter of the game at MetLife Stadium on September 19, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

On Thursday’s edition of Zolak & Bertrand, Hardy and Ted Johnson reacted to the breaking news of James White announcing his retirement.

Hardy: An amazingly well-crafted, heartfelt statement there from James White. And this is, I mean, this is a big day as you know, for the New England Patriots and a milestone moment, because he is one of the guys that I think Ted, I look at this team and I say, you know what made the Patriots so good for all those years? The number one and two answers are Brady and Belichick. But then it’s a great big conversation involving guys like obviously Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, James White. If you don’t have James White in that secondary group of guys behind Brady and Belichick, when you’re explaining the success of the Patriots all these years, then you’re doing it wrong because he’s a big part of it.

Ted Johnson: You’re not winning number six, let’s face it, 14 catches, 28-3 game. You know, and I always felt that James White, God bless him for the nice words because I always felt like he was underappreciated here. And I looked a lot of at times at his contract, I always felt like he should have been making more than he was making, considering the production and what he meant for this football team. He was one of the the leaders. He was a guy that, you know, kind of I don’t think he was a vocal leader, but the way he did his job, guys respected and I think Bill loved. He was kind of one of those typical classic Patriots, right? Didn’t say a whole lot, kept his mouth shut, worked hard, went out there and produced and so this is, I didn’t think he was going to play this year, you know, but this is a loss because that’s another leader from that kind of old guard that is stepping down. Where it’s going to have to be a new guy that’s going to have to fill in and there’s a lot of examples of that this year of guys that have been around here for a long time, Dont’a Hightower and then James White, where young guys are have to step up, but James White, classy human being and I loved his style. He had a unique kind of style in which he ran. It didn’t look like he was trying all that hard. And, you know, when he was. He made it look easy.

If you want to hear more of the conversation, tune into the second hour of Zolak & Bertrand to hear the full discussion. It can be found here:

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