James White’s history in the NFL came to an end on Thursday. It is that the three-time winner of the Super Bowl with New England Patriots announced the closure of his career through his social networks, after eight seasons in the highest category of American football.
The now-former running back was battling a hip injury during this time, which limited him to playing only three games in 2021. For this reason, and after being placed on the list affected by physical issues during training camp training, he decided to end his career at the age of 30.
His entire period as a professional player was spent with the Massachusetts team, after being selected in the fourth round of the draft in 2014.
White set a Super Bowl record with 14 receptions and scored the game-winning touchdown in New England’s memorable overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons in the 51st edition.
Through his official Instagram and Twitter accounts, he said: “It has been an honor to represent my family, my teammates and the people of New England as a patriot!”
He continued: “Thank you [team owner] Robert Kraft, Coach Bill Belichick and the entire Patriots organization for giving me the opportunity to live out my childhood dream. To be able to play my entire career with a franchise, against the best fans in the NFL, it has been a tremendous blessing and honor.
Finally, the recently retired said: “To say that Foxboro will always have a place in my heart is an understatement. It has been the most important chapter of my adulthood, my children were born here and it is the place we know best as adults and where I grew up and formed my family”.
James White cemented himself as one of the best pass-catching running backs in the NFL during his tenure with the Patriots and further cemented himself in franchise lore with his performance in the 2016 title game. .
The Wisconsin product had 110 yards on 14 receptions and tied a Super Bowl record with three touchdowns to help New England overcome a 28-3 deficit and defeat the Falcons 34-28 in the only Super Bowl decided in overtime. .
He later set team season records for receptions (87) and receiving yards (751) for a running back in 2018, the course the Patriots capped with a win over the Los Angeles Rams for their sixth Super Bowl win. under coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.
The Greater Boston cadre named the former running back to the All-Dynasty in 2020, as well as to its All-2010s team. He finishes his career as eighth in franchise history in receptions (381), while recording 3,278 receiving yards, 1,278 rushing yards and 36 total touchdowns in 95 regular season games.