As I noted in a previous post, New England running back James White had a great game in the Super Bowl, in large part because of the way the Patriots game-plan very specifically to attack their opponents. As head coach Bill Belichick told ESPN after the game, “We didn’t have a lot of success running the ball. We were able to make enough throws outside, and that finally was the difference for us, when we were able to get the ball to the perimeter.” Running the ball, especially inside, was the job of LeGarrette Blount, and getting the ball to the perimeter was White’s, and like a good Patriot, he did his job.
It’s part of the job of an NFL player to engage in community service, too, and I was able to learn from the Patriots that James White does his job there, too. According to a team source, “White has helped to unveil playgrounds, thanked blood donors and joined Robert Kraft and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey in raising awareness about domestic violence.” The Patriots sent a picture of White, who, along with teammates including Matthew Slater–whose father was introduced as part of a stirring pre-Super-Bowl introduction of Hall-of-Fame members from Historically Black Colleges and Universities–honored student volunteerism and had some fun with kids at a school in Weymouth, MA. While this one took place in the off-season, these events are typically how players spend part of their “off days” during the season.
James White, a Most Valuable Patriot, indeed!
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