White’s parents were reportedly in a car crash earlier Sunday. His father, Tyrone, did not survive. His mother is reportedly in critical condition.
White understandably wasn’t able to play against the Seattle Seahawks after being given the news, but his presence was still felt early in the game.
James White’s current and former teammates rally around RB
Patriots safety Devin McCourty opened Sunday Night Football with a pick six, and immediately ran to the end zone camera to send a message.
“2-8, we love you bro,” McCourty said, referring to White’s jersey number.
2-8, we love you, bro!— New England Patriots (@Patriots) September 21, 2020
Russell Wilson, the Patriots’ opponent on Sunday, also sent out a tweet of support to White before the game. The two were college teammates at Wisconsin.
After the game, a 35-30 Seahawks win, Wilson specifically shouted out White.
“My heart’s heavy because one of my teammates, James White, from Wisconsin, one of the nicest guys, teammates, one of the hardest workers, one of the best people I know, had a tough one,” Wilson said to NBC’s Michele Tafoya. “My heart’s been heavy all day thinking about him ... James, I’m praying for you man if you can hear me.”
Many more of White’s former teammates in New England and Wisconsin, plus some other NFL players, took to Twitter to support White. Former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was particularly effusive about a running back who caught many of his passes in the last six years.
James is one of them. Kind, gentle, loving, fiercely competitive and hardworking. His parents raised an amazing son. And we are all grieving with James as he is going through this difficult time. Love you my friend— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) September 21, 2020
Terribly saddened to hear such heartbreaking news @SweetFeet_White.— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) September 21, 2020
We’re all thinking about you tonight.
Prayers On prayers man for @SweetFeet_White and his family.— Montee Ball (@MonteeBall28) September 21, 2020
Prayers up for James White and his family 🙏🏿— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) September 20, 2020
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