World News – US – Matt Vautour: James White on his late father: « He made me who I am today »


New England Patriots running back James White sits on the sidelines in the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Sept, Jan 13, 2020, at Foxborough , Mass (AP Photo / Steven Senne) AP

Tyrone White used to text his son the night before games Advice Inspiration Good Luck They were part of the Patriots’ pre-game routine running back James White

On Monday, a moved James White admitted his mind was still trying to figure out that his father was gone Not having the text made his loss even more real

« I miss getting the text messages he usually sent me on Saturday nights before games, » said White, who played his first game on Monday since his father was killed in a car crash. drive to Florida last month « Just the simple texts he would send me to prepare for the games »

Without one before Monday’s game, White instead liked the text from September 19, the night before the Patriots played the Seahawks and the night before the car crash

« I think back to the last text I got on Saturday before the Seahawks game and remember it He meant everything to me He pushed me, » White said through tears Monday night. « He didn’t didn’t always tell me what I wanted to hear, but he always wanted me to do the right thing, push myself and do my best « 

Very little about the Patriots’ final days has helped bolster anyone’s ability to be the best they can be.They flew to face the best football team hours before the game with their quarterback put in the spotlight. spread with COVID-19 while all of the players on the roster likely spent days wondering if they too were infected

But no one wore more emotionally than White He spent the last week in Florida attending to his late father’s affairs while visiting and comforting his hospitalized mother, who was seriously injured in the same accident At the same time, he had to take care of his pregnant wife while helping his son celebrate his first birthday While sorting out his own grief

Happy 1st birthday Xzavier! Hope I can be as good of a father to you as my father was to my brother and me! I still can’t seem to process everything that’s going on right now, but when I look at you you give me life! May you rest in peace daddy, we already miss you a lot ❤️

“My mom keeps getting better and better and better, which makes it a bit easier,” he said. “Being on the football pitch relieves me a bit too. just pass This is what my dad would like me to do I just try to take it one day at a time and focus on the positive aspects of my life « 

For a few hours, White said playing football gave him a release. He thanked his teammates for a constant stream of calls and texts during his absence, which gave him comfort

« My teammates were there for me every step of the way Hearing what they say and that everyone is there for me has helped me a lot, » he said. « They were trying to keep my mind at ease and give me as many positive thoughts as possible »

The Whites had three carries for 21 yards and seven catches for 38 more On the court he looked like the player his father had trained him and in the postgame he showed emotion and please, the man his parents raised him to be in describing what his father meant for his career

« He meant a lot of things This is one of the main reasons I play football Being a little kid, seeing my brother play, knowing my dad played football It motivated me to go play in football, « White said « My dad, he was a trainer for me growing up Obviously it wasn’t always fun having your dad as a trainer, but he pushed me and made me who I am today »

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World news – USA – Matt Vautour: James White on his late father: ‘He made me who I am today’



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