New England Patriots

Less than a week after calling it a career, the New England Patriots organized a retirement ceremony for running back James White, who announced his decision on Aug. 11. Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick sat beside White remembering his career and thanking him for his eight seasons.

White’s career can’t be mentioned without the biggest game of his career during Super Bowl LI in 2016. In the game the Patriots famously came back from a 28-3 lead against the Atlanta Falcons to win, Tom Brady won Super Bowl MVP. Rightfully so, as he steered the comeback, but White was nearly just as important. He finished with 14 catches for 110 receiving yards, six rushes for 29 more yards and three total touchdowns, including the game-winning score in overtime.

“Think about it, we had a .04 percent chance to win and we won,” Kraft said. “It was a great team effort but a lot of it was the effort of [White].”

Belichick remembers scouting White at the 2014 NFL combine, after eventually picking him 130th overall in the fourth round.

“Those numbers weren’t too impressive,” Belichick says with a smirk. “Weren’t big, weren’t fast, didn’t jump high, etc. What those numbers don’t measure is intelligence, toughness, heart, teammate, dependability and longevity. That overrode all of whatever the other ones were.”

Now that it’s all over, White noted his interest for coaching at some point, though maybe not immediately with a one and two year old at home.

“I have interest in coaching for sure,” White said. “I don’t think I might do that right away as the hours can be very strenuous. But I have interest in coaching, probably T.V., radio…I have a lot of different interests but I’ll just take some time to relax with my family for a while, figure things out as they go.”

White spent all eight of his seasons in New England, winning three super bowls and catching 381 passes for 3,278 yards and 25 touchdowns through the air. The third-down running back also ran for 1,278 yards and 11 touchdowns.