FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – SEPTEMBER 12: James White #28 of the New England Patriots makes a catch past the reach of Jerome Baker #55 of the Miami Dolphins (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Three time Super Bowl Champ, James White, has officially hung up his cleats. He was a staple on the Patriots roster, a captain for 4 years, and a player that will hold a legacy at 1 Patriot Place.
New England will be in my heart forever. Thank you for unwavering support over the years. I am forever grateful.
This chapter has been one that I will cherish. I look forward to what is next. pic.twitter.com/8qd0FbA0tW
— James White (@SweetFeet_White) August 11, 2022
White was a true leader on and off the field. He was more than just a running back – he could run routes on the inside or outside, catch passes, rule the flex position and more.
Cut up some of my favorite recent James White plays that I had in the vault. An all-around receiving back, who was an underrated runner.
Flex him out wide, work LBs on option routes, screens, inside runs, outside runs. Could do it all. #Patriots pic.twitter.com/YROs88CYjz
— Evan Lazar (@ezlazar) August 11, 2022
James White played a crucial part in the game dubbed as the “greatest comeback in Super Bowl history.” White broke Super Bowl records with his 14 receptions, and he became the first player since Terrell Davis to have three touchdowns in a Super Bowl. During this game he was targeted 16 times and notched a two-point conversion. But his most impressive stat was his over-time, game winning touchdown – completing the greatest comeback of all time (34-28). When you think of James White, you think of Super Bowl LI. The Patriots came back from a 28-3 deficit to win their 5th Super Bowl title.
Toss sweep right for James White ❤️💙 pic.twitter.com/T70ikK4Cez
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) August 11, 2022
To advance to their eighth consecutive AFC Championship game, the Patriots controlled the Chargers. White balled out during this game, tallying 15 receptions. According to Patriots writer, Paul Perillo, no running back in football had more receptions (376) or receiving touchdowns (25) than White since 2015, and his 3,255 receiving yards ranked second that year.
Aside from his efforts on the field, White also played a huge part in giving back to his community. He started the Sweet Feet Foundation, an organization that provides scholarships and resources for underprivileged youth for both athletic and academic students.
His charity work doesn’t stop there. White has participated in the Best Buddies program and the Sweet Feet for Strikes (formerly The Mayo Bowl) event.
3x Super Bowl Champion James White announces his retirement from the NFL. pic.twitter.com/pYPMDy1Njk
— NFL (@NFL) August 11, 2022
James White was a part of some amazing Patriots moments and was a player they could always count on. He’s surely going to be missed on the field, but we’re excited to see what he does next. White will earn a red jacket for the Patriots Hall of Fame, undoubtedly. We’ll miss you, Sweet Feet. Thank you.