Roddy White

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Roddy White
Roddy White 2013.jpg
White in 2013.
No. 84     Atlanta Falcons
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1981-11-02) November 2, 1981 (age 32)
Place of birth: Charleston, South Carolina
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: James Island (SC)
College: UAB
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27
Debuted in 2005 for the Atlanta Falcons
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 1, 2014
Receptions 690
Receiving yards 9,508
Receiving TDs 56
Stats at NFL.com

Sharod Lamor "Roddy" White (born November 2, 1981) is an American football wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Falcons in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Early years[edit]

White attended James Island High School in Charleston, South Carolina, and was a four-sport letterman and standout in football, baseball, soccer, and wrestling. In football, he was a two-time All-Low Country honoree, a two-time All-State honoree, and was also listed as one of the top receivers in the nation on Rivals.com. In wrestling, he was a two-time state champion often pinning his opponent in a move that was coined the "Shanaz".

College career[edit]

White attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he was a standout wide receiver for the UAB Blazers football team, catching 163 passes for 3,112 yards and 26 touchdowns in four seasons. In 2004, White helped UAB to its first, and to date, only bowl game. In the 2004 Hawaii Bowl, White caught six passes for 113 yards and a touchdown in a 59-40 loss to Hawaii. He finished his senior season with 71 receptions for 1,452 yards and 14 scores.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 1 in 201 lb 3158 in 958 in 4.45 s 4.01 s 7.12 s 41 in 10 ft 6 in 18 reps
Measurables were taken at UAB's Pro Day.[4][5]

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

White saw instant action in his rookie campaign. He ranked fourth among all rookie receivers in 2005. Although a high ankle sprain caused him to remain on the sidelines for much of the preseason, he recovered by Week 2 and was put on the team's roster. In Week 4 against the Minnesota Vikings, he was inserted in the lineup as the No. 3 receiver. During the course of the game he racked up 64 yards on 5 catches. However, during the rest of the season, his performance was generally spotty. He made a fantastic leaping catch over three defenders on a trick play against the New Orleans Saints during Week 14 for a 54-yard touchdown, but dropped a crucial touchdown catch the next week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In spite of this, he still had 108 yards receiving in that game, the second-highest receiving total put up by a rookie wide receiver in 2005, only surpassed by Jaguars receiver Matt Jones (117 yards vs. Baltimore).

In the Falcons' 2007 game against the New Orleans Saints, White showed his support for fellow Falcon Michael Vick by wearing a t-shirt that said "Free Mike Vick" and pulling up his jersey after scoring a touchdown. Earlier that day, Vick was sentenced to 23 months in jail on dogfighting charges.[6] White was fined $10,000 by the league for his actions.[7]

White became the first Falcon WR since 1999 to reach 1,000 single-season receiving yards on December 23, 2007. He also finished tied for 8th among all NFL wide receivers in receiving yards in 2007 with 1,202 yards. He had 6 receiving touchdowns.

White's 2008 performance was even better than the previous year, finishing 4th in the NFL in receiving yards (3rd in the NFC). He finished the year with 1,382 receiving yards (career high and team record), 88 receptions (career high), and 7 touchdowns (career high). He broke Alfred Jenkins team record of 1,358 receiving yards, which stood since 1981.

On December 16, 2008, White was named to the 2009 Pro Bowl along with fellow Falcons RB Michael Turner.[8][9]

Roddy White had 1 catch for 26 yards and 1 rush for 7 yards in the 2009 Pro Bowl.

Roddy White with Chris Redman, Antoine Harris and Tony Gonzalez in 2009.

On July 31, 2009, White began a holdout, boycotting the 2009 training camp in an attempt at an early contract extension. On August 8 he signed a six-year, $48 million contract extension with $18.6 million guaranteed and $28 million over the first three years of the deal. The extension makes him the 5th highest paid wide receiver in the league, behind Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald, Carolina's Steve Smith, Chicago's Brandon Marshall, and Houston's Andre Johnson.[10]

On October 11, 2009, White set the Falcons franchise record for single-game receiving yards in a game against the San Francisco 49ers. He had 8 receptions for a career-high 210 yards as well as 2 touchdowns, one of which was for 90 yards.

White finished the 2009 season with 85 receptions, 1,153 yards, and a career high 11 touchdowns. He became only the second Falcon player to record three straight 1,000 yard seasons. On January 26, 2010, White was selected to his 2nd consecutive Pro Bowl.

White led all receivers in the 2010 Pro Bowl in catches with 8 for 84 yards.

In the first game of the 2010 season, White had a career-high 13 receptions.

In 2010 Roddy White led the NFL in receptions with 115 and the NFC in receiving yards with 1,389. He also ha 10 touchdowns for the year.

He led the NFC Pro Bowl team with 69 yards.

Roddy White has more yards (5,158) than any other receiver in the league since 2007.

On January 11, 2012 White was added to the NFC Pro Bowl Roster replacing Lions WR Calvin Johnson due to a sore Achilles tendon.[11] In 2011 Roddy White broke the Falcons all time receiving yards record.

During the 2013 season, White was dealing with an ankle injury and a hamstring injury, which caused him to get off to a very slow start. In week 7 of the 2013 season, White missed the first game in his 9 year NFL career ending his streak of playing in 133 straight games.

On Thursday July 24th, 2014, Roddy White signed a contract extension worth $30 Million over 4 years.[12]

Roddy White during the 2011 Season

Falcons franchise records[edit]

  • Most receiving yards in a single season (1,389 in 2010)
  • Most receiving yards in a half (185) and Receiving yards in a game (210)
  • Most career receiving yards (7,374)[13]
  • Most receptions
  • Most receptions in a playoff game (11)
  • Most seasons with 1,000 yards (6) http://www.nfl.com/player/roddywhite/2506366/profile

Personal life[edit]

White is the father of three children and currently resides in Braselton, Georgia.[14] His half-brother, Tyrone Moore Jr., was shot to death outside a nightclub in James Island, South Carolina on May 18, 2014.[15]

Controversy[edit]

In 2007 White was fined $10,000 by the NFL for displaying a shirt in support of Michael Vick who was at the time serving a prison sentence for a criminal conviction related to dog fighting.[16]

At the conclusion of the 2013 George Zimmerman trial, White was upset with the verdict of not guilty, and he posted several controversial statements on Twitter, including "Fucking Zimmerman got away with murder today wow what kind of world do we live in". He received the most backlash for the following tweet: "All them jurors should go home tonight and kill themselves for letting a grown man get away with killing a kid". After a few hours he complained that "people on Twitter want me to get in trouble for a tweet", but he apologized the next day.[17][18]

In 2014 White was criticized for reneging on a public bet he tweeted regarding a Duke win in the 2014 NCAA basketball championship. White had promised season tickets, front row at the 50 yard line. When White lost the bet he offered a ticket to a Bears game instead.[16][19][20][21][22] White later upheld his end of the deal and more, including two Super Bowl tickets stating, "We have talked about it for days while people were just speculating. And being a father, you have to be responsible for your actions."[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.atlantafalcons.com/2011/02/more-awards-for-white/
  2. ^ http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-falcons-blog/2010/11/03/roddy-white-named-nfl-offensive-player-of-the-month/
  3. ^ http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/roddy-white-1.html
  4. ^ "Roddy White prospect profile". NFL. Archived from the original on April 16, 2005. 
  5. ^ "Roddy White". NFL Draft Scout. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ ESPN - White's T-shirt, Hall's face paint show support for Vick - NFL
  7. ^ 5 Falcons fined for displaying Michael Vick messages - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
  8. ^ White, Turner named to NFC Pro Bowl squad
  9. ^ A Little Hawaii 8-4 and 3-3
  10. ^ Yasinkas, Pat (2009-08-08), Falcons, White reach extension, ESPN, retrieved 2009-08-08 
  11. ^ http://atlanta.sbnation.com/atlanta-falcons/2012/1/11/2700439/2012-pro-bowl-rosters-roddy-white-replaces-calvin-johnson
  12. ^ "Roddy White gets 4-year extension". 24 July 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  13. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/atl/career-receiving.htm
  14. ^ http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/page/hotread2-RoddyWhite/roddy-white-runs-right-route
  15. ^ McClure, Vaughn (May 18, 2014). "Roddy White's brother shot dead". ESPN. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  16. ^ a b http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/college/falcons-white-loses-twitter-bet-mercer-upset-article-1.1729814
  17. ^ Schwartz, Nick (July 14, 2013). "Roddy White tells jurors in Zimmerman trial to 'kill themselves'". USA Today. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Twitter / roddywhiteTV". Twitter.com. July 13, 2013. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  19. ^ http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/03/roddy-white-duke-twitter-bet/
  20. ^ http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/24494826/roddy-white-owes-falcons-fan-season-tickets-after-mercer-beats-duke
  21. ^ http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000336011/article/roddy-white-owes-tickets-after-mercer-upsets-duke
  22. ^ http://atlantafalcons.blog.ajc.com/2014/03/21/falcons-wr-roddy-white-owes-mercer-fan-prime-tickets/
  23. ^ http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/10684848/roddy-white-following-lost-bet-atlanta-falcons-fan

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