New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MA - DECEMBER 02: James White #28 of the New England Patriots runs with the ball during the first half against the Minnesota Vikings at Gillette Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

  • Patriots running back James White announced his retirement on Thursday after an eight year career in the NFL. In those eight seasons – all with the Patriots – he was one of the team’s most involved players and an instrumental part of two Super Bowl winning teams.

    For half a decade, White was an integral part of what the Patriots did on and off the field. So it’s fitting that following his retirement, both owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick released statements reflecting on his career. Here’s what they had to say, via statements released by the team

  • Robert Kraft

    “James White has always been one of the most reliable and dependable players on the field. He’s a soft-spoken leader who has led by example and was the best at what he did, leading all NFL running backs in receptions and receiving touchdowns over the past seven years. Our fans will remain eternally grateful for his record-setting performance in Super Bowl LI when he helped the Patriots overcome a 28-3 deficit by scoring 20 points, including the game-winning touchdown in overtime. As great of a player as James has been for us, he’s an even better person. He is a man of great character and integrity and earned everyone’s respect through his work ethic, professionalism and positive daily demeanor. James became a part of the Patriots’ family while in New England and while his presence in our locker room will be missed, we are happy for James and his family as they embark on a new adventure. As a three-time Super Bowl Champion, we look forward to celebrating his career contributions for years to come.”

  • Bill Belichick

    “James defines the term consummate professional. His dependability, consistency, unselfishness and performance under pressure are elite. Combining great intelligence, quickness and elusiveness, James was a perfect fit for our pass offense. While soft spoken, he brought exceptional leadership and competitive toughness to the team. He was a multi-year team captain and one of the most respected, best team players I have ever coached.”