Another season, another Super Bowl appearance for former Wisconsin Badgers running back James White.
White caught four passes for 49 yards while also gaining 23 rushing yards in New England Patriots’s 37-31 overtime victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night at Arrowhead Stadium. The win propels the Patriots to Super Bowl LIII, where White will face former teammate, offensive tackle Rob Havenstein, and the Los Angeles Rams on Feb. 3.
Though inactive for the Super Bowl XLIX win over the Seahawks, this will be the fourth Super Bowl appearance for White. All the more impressive in his five-year professional football career, he will have the opportunity to win his third NFL championship.
His biggest moment came in Super Bowl LI two seasons ago, as the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native broke single-game records for receptions (14) and points scored (20) when the Patriots came back to defeat the Atlanta Falcons. He also ran in the game-winning touchdown in overtime to overcome a 28-3 deficit.
Another Year. Another Super Bowl.@SweetFeet_White and the Patriots are headed to #SuperBowlLIII— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) January 21, 2019
Congrats, James! #OnWisconsin pic.twitter.com/nJnefoMBIM
In 2018, White claimed team captain honors for the first time. Leading the team in receptions in the regular season, he caught 87 passes for 751 yards and seven touchdowns while also rushing for 425 yards on 94 carries with five scores on the ground.
This postseason, he showed up big in the AFC divisional round win against the Los Angeles Chargers last weekend, catching 15 passes from quarterback Tom Brady.
In his five-year NFL career, which started with being drafted by the Patriots in fourth round with the 130th overall pick, he has caught 248 regular season passes for 2,164 yards and 19 touchdowns. He has also scored seven touchdowns on the ground while gaining 856 yards (4.1 yards per carry).
Arguably the best modern Wisconsin running back to produce in the NFL, White now has a chance to earn a third Super Bowl ring to his resume in less than two weeks.