James White Gets Bobblehead Treatment After Unbelievable Super Bowl LI Performance
James White went from relatively unknown to Super Bowl Super Star in a matter of a few minutes with his record-setting Super Bowl performance to the star of Super Bowl LI, and now White is getting the bobblehead treatment!
Today, the National Bobblehead HOF and Museum unveiled a rendering of James White’s Super Bowl Bobblehead, which is now available for preorder along with the other Patriots bobbleheads. The officially licensed bobbleheads, which are $30 each and available in the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame’s Online Store, are expected to arrive by June. You can find the rendering and additional images of the bobblehead, which is the first ever for White, here.
Without White, the Falcons would have undoubtedly won Super Bowl LI, but White wasn’t even an afterthought for inclusion on the list of players who would get a Super Bowl Bobblehead if the Patriots were to win Super Bowl LI. Now, sales of White’s bobblehead could even surpass those of Tom Brady and Julian Edelman.
Below are some highlights about White:
- White is a third-year running back who was drafted out of the University of Wisconsin.
- He set Super Bowl records with 14 receptions and 20 points scored in the Patriot’s unbelievable 34-28 comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons. His 110 receiving yards in Super Bowl LI were a record for a running back in a Super Bowl.
- He rushed for the Patriots’ final two touchdowns, had a two-point conversion and caught a 5-yard touchdown pass as well. The three touchdowns tied a Super Bowl record, and his final touchdown, a 2-yard toss play in overtime, gave the Patriots their second title in three years and sealed the largest comeback in Super Bowl history.
- White didn’t have a 100-yard receiving game or a rushing touchdown all season.
- After being drafted in the 4th round, White played in only 3 games during his rookie season in 2014 and was inactive for Super Bowl XLIX, when the Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks.
- Ironically, Malcolm Butler, who was virtually unknown to most at the time, stole the Super Bowl from Seattle with a last second interception at the goal line. That play was turned into bobblehead form by the National Bobblehead HOF and sold out.
- White attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he was a three-star prospect. He only received one scholarship offer in his home state, from the University of South Florida. He enrolled 1,500 miles away at the University of Wisconsin, and rushed for 45 touchdowns in four seasons, including 25 in his last two years.
- According to Tom Brady in his press conference the morning after the Super Bowl win, “He’s just the best teammate, an incredible player and has been that way since he really assumed that big role when Dion [Lewis] got hurt [in November 2015]. I’m so proud of everything he’s accomplished. I’ve seen him grow up as a rookie, to working his tail off and becoming a big factor in all these games.”
- White even represented the Patriots at Walt Disney World in Orlando on Monday.