New England Patriots running back James White is still adjusting to the national attention that comes with scoring the winning touchdown in a Super Bowl. He joined The Jim Rome Show on Thursday and talked about what life has been like since Sunday’s 34-28 overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI and how he’s now one of the most sought after athletes on the planet after scoring three touchdowns in the game.
“It’s been pretty fun, I’m just trying to enjoy it all,” White said. “It was a great game, happy to be a part of that team, but it still feels surreal to me, but I’m just trying to enjoy every moment of it.”
Having rallied back from a 28-3 deficit to force overtime, White knew when they got the ball to start the extra period, they were going to score a touchdown.
“I had no doubt in my mind,” White said of his team scoring a touchdown on the first drive. “Even when we were down 25 points, everybody was on the sideline still fired up. Everybody still had the belief we had the team to do it. Guys are going to continue to fight whether we’re up forty or down forty. So I mean, if anybody could do it, it was us, and we just found a way to get a win.”
As for the winning touchdown, White said when he heard his number called in the huddle, his mind flashed back to his childhood.
“It’s what you dream about as a kid,” White said. “As soon as Tom called the play, I was like I have a chance to end the game right here. I just wanted to make a smart play and just try to win the game for my team. It’s everything you could dream about as a kid, to have the ball in your hands to win a Super Bowl. I mean, I just really can’t put it into words.”
As for the ball, White in hindsight wished he would have tucked it away and ran off, but admits it probably wouldn’t have changed the end result.
“I still would have lost it at some point. I was just way too excited,” White laughed.