James White’s magical story is taking him to Disney World

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James White might not have gotten an MVP trophy last night, but he got the trip to Disney World.

And considering they might have written his Super Bowl story, that kind of fits.

The versatile running back scored three touchdowns and a two-point conversion, setting a Super Bowl record for scoring (as well as one for receptions in a game). Not bad for a guy who might not have touched the ball much except for the misfortunes of others.

White doesn’t have the physicality of LeGarrette Blount (who fumbled early in the game) or the open-field speed of Dion Lewis (who cramped up on the final play of regulation and didn’t return. But he did all the hard running in overtime, including the game-winning touchdown.

“I mean, people are going to say a lot of things,” White said, via Phil Perry of CSNNE.com. “I kind of tune it out. I know what I can do. Coaches know what I can do. When I get the ball in my hand, I just try to make a smart play.

“I’m not the biggest guy so I’m not going to try to run through people all the time. At that point on the goal line, got three yards to go, you just gotta find a way to get it in the end zone. I had blocks in front of me. They made the perfect blocks, I just put my shoulder down and ran through it.”

It wasn’t his typical run, but he’s not a typical show-stealing back.

A fourth-rounder from Wisconsin in 2014, he wasn’t even active for their Super Bowl win over the Seahawks, but has proven himself to be trustworthy since then, and a new link in the Patriots seemingly endless chain of role-players becoming stars (like his Kevin Faulk-style two-point conversion).

“James will do whatever you ask him to do,” McDaniels said. “He did some chipping, he hit the defensive ends in protection. He caught the ball out of the backfield. He ran the ball in some critical situations for us. He’s a guy that I would say epitomizes the be-ready-to-do-whatever’s-asked-of-you role.

“We didn’t practice some of those plays with James White in the game, but that’s the way the game went, you know? James stayed in there, knew what to do — always knows what to do — and made the plays in critical situations to help us win.”

And today, he gets a reward to go along with the satisfaction of winning a Super Bowl in dramatic fashion.

16 responses to “James White’s magical story is taking him to Disney World

  1. A fourth-rounder from Wisconsin in 2014, he wasn’t even active for their Super Bowl win over the Seahawks…
    This is what the haters and trolls conveniently overlook when they naysay the Pats compared to past greats – SALARY CAP and FREE AGENCY. All the past great teams could simply stay together if the owner paid. All the salty claims like “it’s a passing game today” or “WRs and QBs are protected” etc, equally affected all teams. But the parity rules of Cap and FA are different because the great teams are far more adversely affected and can’t stay together when they are great. To illustrate, midseason, on the way to the Denver game, the Pats’ pep talk on the plane included asking them who played in the loss the year before – only 9 guys raised their hands.

  2. .
    The Patriots have always placed a high value on the 3rd down back position. Since Brady and Belichick arrived, it’s been Kevin Faulk, Shane Vereen and White who are three players cut from the same cloth. Waiting in the wings should White get a big offer in free agency is DJ Foster. It’s not that the Patriots “come up” with players in a pinch. It’s that they have an apprentice-like program where players are groomed, sometimes for years, to step in and excel when called upon.

  3. I mean except for the fact that BRADY is the face of the team and greatest QB of all time, White probably deserved the MVP award. 3 TD’s, 2 point conversion, record catches and well over 100 yards. Maybe c0-MVP would have worked.

  4. White was good all game. Brady was great at the end. White keep them in the game before the rest of the team was ready to show up. When they did, White got even better. Hopefully somebody gives him a big payday.

  5. White got jobbed. That’s his MVP trophy. Tom threw for 466 yards… on 62 attempts. Tom was great in the comeback, but White was the one that got it done.

    Not a Pats fan, but became more of a James White fan after that game.

  6. ctiggs says:
    Feb 6, 2017 8:27 AM

    The fix was in!

    Stop it. You’re making the rest of us look bad.

    Kudos to the Pats and White. Seemed like Atlanta had an answering for everything the Pats wanted to do, until it came to White. I really think his success and they’re inability to slow him down is what got in their heads on D and made them start to unravel.

    Either way, the better team won and you can’t just “hand somebody” a 25 point comeback. Well earned by the greatest team to every play the game.

  7. The real hero is Roger Goodell.
    A man of integrity.
    A man with true values.

    Protect the Shield !!

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