James White announces his retirement

NFL: AUG 12 Preseason - Washington Football Team at Patriots
Getty Images

Patriots running back James White has not practiced with the team during training camp this summer and he won’t be getting on the field at any point in the future either.

White announced his retirement in a Twitter post on Thursday. White thanked his family, Patriots owner Robert Kraft, head coach Bill Belichick, his teammates and others for the role they played in helping him achieve his goals in the NFL.

White was a fourth-round pick in 2014 and only played in three games as a rookie before taking on a more meaningful role in his second season. He was a frequent target for Tom Brady in the passing game and delivered a memorable performance to help the team come back to beat the Falcons in Super Bowl LI. White ran for a touchdown to tie the game late in the fourth quarter and then ran for another one to win it in overtime. He also caught 14 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown.

A hip injury ended his 2021 season after three games and continued issues with the hip led to White’s inactivity at practice this summer.

White ends his career with 319 carries for 1,278 yards and 11 touchdowns and 381 catches for 3,278 yards and 15 touchdowns in the regular season. He had eight touchdowns in 12 postseason outings and won another Super Bowl ring in Super Bowl LIII.

40 responses to “James White announces his retirement

  1. Thank you, James. An excellent player. His game against the Falcons in the Super Bowl was a tremendous performance.

  2. Surely he will become a Patriots coach in the future. HoFer? Sure, why not, everyone else gets into the HoF these days.

  3. The author of the only walk off touchdown in Super Bowl history. An overtime winner.

    He played for eight seasons and NEVER lost a fumble.

    The definition of reliability.

  4. Watched him have a successful career in college at the UW and with the Patriots. He played an amazing second half in Super Bowl 51. We wish him well in the future!

  5. He was one of the best third down backs in the league for many years, Brady looked to him often. His performance against Atlanta in the super bowl was outstanding! They might not win the game if he isn’t there.

  6. What to say except that he was simply everything you would want as a teammate on a team reaching for the trophy.

  7. All-class man, as well as a Patriot Great!
    He leaves us Pats fans with only the best memories!
    THAT is how it’s done!

  8. I am a James White fan too.. There was always room for him on my fantasy football teams. I wish him well in retirement.

  9. Saw this coming after that injury 🙁

    Will miss this guy. The real MVP of Super Bowl 51.

    Filled in the Kevin Faulk role and then some.

    Wish him well he’ll be missed.

  10. Picked him up in fantasy towards the end of his rookie year. Propelled me to a championship! Enjoy the next chapter in your life Mr White

  11. supercharger says:
    August 11, 2022 at 11:23 am
    Matt Patricia effect. He makes players hate football.
    The dude still cant walk right. This has nothing to do with Patricia. Some of you people are just miserable and need to disparage anyone you can to feel complete. Its kind of pathetic.

  12. Dude had 3x more yards and attempts catching than rushing. Crazy stat for a running back. Very, very, very good player and by all accounts an even better teammate. Icing on the cake is an all time great memorable super bowl performance to boot. Happy retirement sir and many years of good health to you.

  13. I have a friend who knew him at Wisconsin. Said he’s a very bright guy – maybe that’s why he blended he could toe the line as a rook with Brady/Belichick.
    He’ll do well in or out of football.

  14. Every time I see his name, I instantly think of his two-point conversion to seal the superbowl comeback victory.

  15. All the best to you James in your retirement! Simply one of the best around. The last few years have been tough going. If you remember, his parents were in a horrific car accident a couple of years ago in which his Dad died and his Mom was seriously hurt. And now the hip injury which ends his career. We will never forget your performance in SB 51!

  16. Nice little player for the Pats. Incredibly reliable. That being said, I anticipate comments regarding his HOF status in a few yrs, or as a big piece of the Pats “second dynasty”.

  17. Toss to white…and hes IN PATRIOTS WIN THE SUPER BOWL



  18. He was also dynamite at the University of Wisconsin, he just had to play with other great backs in front and behind him.

  19. One of the best picks we got in the draft that year, 3x Superbowl Champion and consistently versatile. Super underrated but will always be a New England Patriot. That touchdown that sealed Superbowl 51 will forever be my favorite james white moment. Happy Retirement James

  20. supercharger says:
    August 11, 2022 at 11:23 am
    Matt Patricia effect. He makes players hate football.

    Matt Patricia has nothing to do with james white’s hip being messed up dude, I get it he’s not the most well liked coach but don’t put him as the sole reason for james retiring. Get a life seriously

  21. Honestly had no idea he went to Wisconsin. Amazing how many Badger RBs have struck gold in the NFL. Great career. Enjoy retirement!

  22. dude has been washed for 3 years


    Guys ma got seriously hurt, and dad (fellow policeman) died in a crash during week 2 of the 2020 season against the Seahawks.

    Jacked up his hip in 2021, and never recovered.

    3 super bowl rings..

    If that’s what you considered “washed for 3 years”, your dolphins have been washed since the 90’s.

  23. Fantastic job of making receptions and taking pitches from the real mvp of SB LI and I’m a huge fan of James White.

  24. Love James White. He did a great job for the Pats and set a great example for the younger guys on how to conduct themselves. He will be missed.

  25. Best scatback of the last decade. His MVP performance in SB51 is the stuff of legend.

    The way he was gushing about his time as a Patriot makes me chuckle with the “BB can’t draft” crowd.

    Another Pats HOFer going in soon in Foxborough. In 2 SB runs, he was instrumental.

    Pure class and a great guy by all accounts.

  26. He will be missed.

    Most of us remember his super bowl heroics (the two point conversion as well!), but he turned it on in other playoff games too. I recall a sequence where he came up big in the AFC title game at KC. Late in the second quarter, score 7-0. It was third down and four at the NE 30 with about a minute to go. He converted with a five yard catch, then he caught a short pass and turned it into a 30 yard gain, then he had a 10 yard run. Next play Brady hit Dorset to make it 14-0. That drive loomed large in the game.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.