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Roddy White

White in November 2008
No. 84     Atlanta Falcons
Wide Receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: November 2, 1981 (1981-11-02) (age 28)
Place of birth: James Island, South Carolina
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 206 lb (93 kg)
Career information
College: UAB
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27
Debuted in 2005 for the Atlanta Falcons
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • 2x Pro Bowl selection (2009, 2010)
  • Falcons' Single Season Record - Receiving yards (1,382 in 2008)
  • Falcons' Post Season record- Receptions in a game (11)
  • Falcons' Single Game record- Receiving yards in a half (185) and Receiving yards in a game (210)
Career NFL statistics as of 2009
Receptions     315
Receiving Yards     4,689
Receiving TDs     27
Stats at NFL.com

Sharod "Roddy" Lamor White (born November 2, 1981 in James Island, South Carolina) is an American football wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons in the National Football League. He was selected with the 27th pick overall in the 2005 NFL Draft out of UAB.

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Early years

White attended James Island High School (now James Island Charter High School) in Charleston, South Carolina, and was a three-sport letterman and standout in football, baseball, and wrestling. In football, he broke every school career receiving record, 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

While attending the University of Alabama at Birmingham, White was a football star and a sociology major. As a football wide receiver, he finished his career with 163 receptions for 3,112 yards (19.1 yards per rec. avg.) and 26 touchdowns, was an All-Conference USA second selection as a junior, and was an All-Conference USA first-team selection as a senior. He also led the nation with 1,452 receiving yards and ranked third in the country with a 20.5-yard per catch average in 2004 and accounted for six 100-yard receiving contests. He was named a Pro Football Weekly All-American and a third-team selection by the Associated Press in his senior season.

Professional career

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Atlanta Falcons

White saw instantaneous 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 of the 2005 season and was put on the team's roster. In Week 4 of the 2005 season, 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 spotty at best. He made a fantastic leaping catch over three defenders on a trick play against the New Orleans Saints during Week 14 for a 54-yd touchdown, but dropped a touchdown catch the next week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, although he had a 108-yard receiving performance vs. Tampa Bay (11/20) which was the second-highest receiving total put up by a rookie wide receiver in 2005, only surpassed by Jaguars WR 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. [1] White was fined $10,000 by the league for his actions. [2]

Roddy 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.

Roddy 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.

After his Week 14 performance in the team's 29–25 loss to the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome, ESPN personality Chris Berman (while reporting the highlights of the game on SportsCenter) gave White the nickname "Rowdy" Roddy White, named after professional wrestling legend and WWE Hall of Famer "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. Roddy White caught a touchdown pass in the playoffs game against the Arizona Cardinals, who defeated the Falcons.

On December 16, 2008, White was named to the 2009 Pro Bowl along with fellow Falcons RB Michael Turner.[3][4]

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

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 extension with $18.6 million guaranteed and $28 million dollars over the first three years of the deal. The extension makes him the third highest paid wide receiver in the league, behind Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald and Carolina's Steve Smith.[5]

On October 11, 2009 White became the all time receiving leader in yards in one game in Franchise history in a game against the 49ers. In this game White had 8 receptions for 210 yards, a career-high with a 90 yard touchdown catch and 2 touchdowns.

He 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 26th, 2010, Roddy White was selected to his 2nd Consecutive Pro Bowl.

Roddy White had 8 catches for 84 yards in the 2010 Pro Bowl.

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