The New England Patriots watched running back James White for a long time in Foxborough. Ever since the 2014 NFL Draft, White has been a member of the Patriots.
Now, he has announced his retirement with a lengthy post on Thursday morning as he begins a new chapter in his life.
New England will be in my heart forever. Thank you for unwavering support over the years. I am forever grateful.
This chapter has been one that I will cherish. I look forward to what is next. pic.twitter.com/8qd0FbA0tW
— James White (@SweetFeet_White) August 11, 2022
White suffered a hip injury during the 2021 campaign that kept him on the sideline more often than not, and he was also slow in progressing during the offseason. Now, at the age of 30, White has decided to call it a career and hang up his cleats.
Patriots fans (and NFL fans) reacted to the news of James White deciding to retire from the NFL.
The Patriots have had a strong, constant legacy of those particular mold of running backs, basically the “Kevin Faulks.” From Faulk on down to Shane Vereen, Dion Lewis and then James White (a little Danny Woodhead too). White was one of my favorites. Helluva career. https://t.co/psYhB7IBYq
— Saad Yousuf (@SaadYousuf126) August 11, 2022
Man whis one sucks. Thank you @SweetFeet_White for everything you did for Patriots nation. You are truly one of the best. Now go live your life and have fun https://t.co/HJcx5rfpSY
— Old Man Mob (@BladeUnholy) August 11, 2022
Underrated player who was exceptional out of the backfield https://t.co/O8bOXwqxY1
— Mike Tannenbaum (@RealTannenbaum) August 11, 2022
One of my favourite players ever to wear a Patriots uniform.. sucks he went out because of an injury. Thanks for everything @SweetFeet_White https://t.co/yrd4uGf2hF pic.twitter.com/xPhq5qleDd
— Luca (@lucaiantorno) August 11, 2022
This one hurts. https://t.co/6mFrqL7Ch2
— Kenneth Jørgensen (@PatsFanKenneth) August 11, 2022
White made many memorable plays in a Patriots uniform, including the Super Bowl walk-off in that improbable comeback against the Atlanta Falcons.
James White is 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. pic.twitter.com/PFWufdhIUU
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 11, 2022
White’s name will forever be tied to Patriots history for this game and that play, and he was a significant target for Tom Brady for those years in New England.
Fans and analysts came quickly to remember the best plays of White’s career, and while the Super Bowl winner is the most notable, he also dazzled plenty of other times.
Cut up some of my favorite recent James White plays that I had in the vault. An all-around receiving back, who was an underrated runner.
Flex him out wide, work LBs on option routes, screens, inside runs, outside runs. Could do it all. #Patriots pic.twitter.com/YROs88CYjz
— Evan Lazar (@ezlazar) August 11, 2022
8 NFL seasons and a 3x Super Bowl champ. Thank you, James White. Enjoy retirement.
— Kendell Hollowell (@KHollowell_) August 11, 2022
James White announced his retirement from NFL…. Here's the man on the PITCHpic.twitter.com/XPNzcYqliN
— Neo Jane (@NeoJane8) August 11, 2022
Hats off to an incredible career from James White, who finished with 4,556 total yards and 36 touchdowns.