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Roddy White retires from football after 11 seasons

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Former Falcons wide receiver Roddy White spent a whole year on the sidelines, and realized today he was finished with football.

White just put out word on Twitter that he was retiring as a player, thanking the Falcons and owner Arthur Blank for his 11 years there.

White didn’t play last year, but that didn’t keep him from continuing to gripe about the Falcons offense. He had problems with his own role two years ago, not handling the inevitable effects of age particularly well, but mostly targeting former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.

While he wasn’t always the biggest fan of ours here at PFT, White had an excellent career, going to four Pro Bowls and finishing with 808 catches for 10,863 yards (both in the top 40 all-time) and 63 touchdowns.

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19 Responses to “Roddy White retires from football after 11 seasons”
  1. atldirtybird1 says: Apr 14, 2017 2:20 PM

    He’s now working as a wide receiver’s coach for a local high school.

  2. QB Film Room says: Apr 14, 2017 2:20 PM

    I dont blame him for his recent outburts. He was targeted as someone to cut bait with and he sensed it. That and he was diminishing but was still productive.. Idk man

  3. twilldog says: Apr 14, 2017 2:28 PM

    Would love to say something nice, but as a Saints fan he had little nice to say about us and our city, so… I’ll do what my momma said and say nothing. Good receiver in his time, how ’bout that? Kind enough?

  4. eazeback says: Apr 14, 2017 2:39 PM

    it was about 3 yrs too late

  5. niners816 says: Apr 14, 2017 2:48 PM

    I don’t see a problem with what he said about PFT. He’s right. Good luck in the future, Roddy.

  6. pastabelly says: Apr 14, 2017 3:06 PM

    Nice of the Falcons to waste a roster spot on him. I know the team that beat them in the Super Bowl would have cut him for sure.

  7. illumination666 says: Apr 14, 2017 3:10 PM

    I remember when he and Julio were a scary duo. Roddy fell off a cliff very abruptly.

  8. illumination666 says: Apr 14, 2017 3:12 PM

    Roddy and Julio were a very great duo. Reminds me of Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree of today. Ones explosive, and the other a great possession receiver.

  9. bordner says: Apr 14, 2017 3:15 PM

    I met him in Atlanta last year – seemed like a really nice guy.

  10. tylawspick6 says: Apr 14, 2017 3:17 PM

    Good career. Too bad Sanu mouthed off during the entire SB and Blank was dancing and celebrating at the start of the 4th qtr.

  11. mychode says: Apr 14, 2017 3:19 PM

    Maybe he’ll land a job on Kyle Shannahan’s staff in San Fran.

  12. tim8450 says: Apr 14, 2017 3:26 PM

    I heard some hilarious radio interviews with him; he seemed like a really upbeat and fun guy.
    Time will hopefully diminish any recent sour grapes so that he can be remembered for his whole body of work rather than late career decline, which happens to almost all players.
    Great that he is giving back to the kids through coaching.

  13. svanablak says: Apr 14, 2017 3:48 PM

    He was one of the best blocking WRs ever! He was strong, rugged and could fly! Shanahan didn’t like him from day 1!!! Roddy is an apex male! He was never a locker room cancer always a team player! He was unfairly characterized by those who knew nothing about him! Best to you , Roddy, enjoy your life!

  14. BillAndTomsAsteriskAdventure says: Apr 14, 2017 3:50 PM

    Best player out of UAB.

  15. boisestatewhodat says: Apr 14, 2017 4:02 PM

    I thought he retired 6 years ago.

  16. Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Apr 14, 2017 5:25 PM

    He won two fantasy football titles for me and the Fort Myers Foreclosures.

  17. doctorrustbelt says: Apr 14, 2017 6:12 PM

    Seriously… ALL-PRO Tony Gonzalez, ALL-PRO Roddy White, ALL-PRO Julio Jones, and a 5th ranked DEFENSE (in 2012)?!?

    Yet… Andy Dalton gets blamed for everything.

  18. lezziemcdykerson says: Apr 14, 2017 6:38 PM

    doctorrustbelt says:
    Apr 14, 2017 6:12 PM
    Seriously… ALL-PRO Tony Gonzalez, ALL-PRO Roddy White, ALL-PRO Julio Jones, and a 5th ranked DEFENSE (in 2012)?!?

    Yet… Andy Dalton gets blamed for everything.


    No one blames Dalton for anything. He’s an avg QB in a good system. There are literally no expectations for him. The brunt of the expectations falls on the D to carry the team and not throw ill advised headshots when you’re a game away from winning your first playoff game in like 100 years.

  19. doctorrustbelt says: Apr 14, 2017 7:07 PM

    Your tears nourish me.

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