After playing a starring role in the largest comeback in Super Bowl history, ex-Wisconsin RB James White became regretfully forgetful in all of his excitement.
With 11 minutes, 2 seconds left in overtime of Super Bowl LI in Houston on Sunday, White lunged into the end zone for a 2-yard score — his third of the game — handing the New England Patriots a 34-28 victory against the Atlanta Falcons.
But in the madness, he celebrated without retrieving the ball.
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“I left it on the ground and started running,” White said Tuesday on “The Dan Patrick Show.” “I wasn’t thinking in that moment. I was too busy sprinting down the field.”
James White discusses his Super Bowl experience on The Dan Patrick Show
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On the bright side, White says he hung onto his first touchdown ball from the game. In total, he accounted for 139 yards of offense and three scores, as well as reeling in Super Bowl-record 14 receptions. The 5-foot-10, 205-pound back also scored a Super Bowl record-setting 20 total points (he also scored the tying 2-point conversion to force overtime).
While QB Tom Brady was named Super Bowl MVP, White’s performance certainly put his name in the conversation, too. Hence, Brady even hinted at giving White the truck which is presented to every Super Bowl MVP, saying “I think James White deserves it.”
Two years ago, the now-five-time champion did the same for CB Malcolm Butler, who made a title-clinching interception in the waning moments of a 28-24 win against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX.
Hopefully, White enjoys his gift because his would-be prized possession might not show up anytime soon. Apparently, Brady is still searching for his game-worn jersey from Sunday.