ICYMI: Running back James White signs three-year contract extension

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What a crazy last few months it has been for third-year running back James White.

Coming off of a solid 2016 season in which he appeared in all 16 games, White ended up scoring the game-winning touchdown in overtime in Super Bowl LI to give the New England Patriots their fifth championship.

Now, the Super Bowl hero is locked in long-term with the Patriots as he signed a three-year contract extension on Tuesday. This will keep him with the team through 2020.

White had a solid 2016 season both on the ground and through the air. He totaled 60 receptions for 551 yards and 39 carries for 166 yards. His hard work seems to be paying off, and quarterback Tom Brady offered high praise for the running back.

“James White is like my oldest son,” Brady said after Super Bowl LI, “He just does everything right and you can never get mad at him. If he doesn’t make the play, he feels worse about it than you do. He’s just the best teammate.”

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