|John W. McDonough | Sports Illustrated|
It may have taken three quarters to get anything going the Patriots’ way, but running back James White delivered when it counted the most. Receiving, rushing, blocking – he was everywhere Sunday night.
Just two days after turning 25 years old, the third-year running back out of Wisconsin turned in one of the biggest and best performances of his career to help the New England Patriots produce an epic 25-point comeback to defeat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.
White set Super Bowl records with 14 receptions and 20 points scored, including the game-winning touchdown in overtime.
He was also a very important key to the comeback. In the fourth quarter, White scored the game-tying touchdown with just 57 seconds left. Right before that, he took a direct snap to score a two-point conversion that cut Atlanta’s lead to eight (28-20).
“Honestly it’s all very surreal right now,” White said, “It is just a great team victory. You couldn’t even write this script. You could never imagine it. We just went out there and got a great team victory.”
Many people had great things to say about White’s Super Bowl performance. He even drew great praise from offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels, and quarterback, Tom Brady.
“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.”
“He’s just everything you want in a teammate and a football player and he’s been dependable, consistent, durable,” Brady said, “The best attitude, brings it every day and we just kept going to him. So I think that speaks for itself.”
A game that he is sure to remember forever, James White played a huge role in one of the most unforgettable Super Bowls of all time.
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