FOXBORO -- If you were looking for reasons as to why James White got a three-year extension this offseason, his performance in Super Bowl LI would be a good place to start. His dependability in the passing game over the course of the last two seasons is evidence as well.
But his answer to a question about the game of his life back in February shined a light on one of the factors as to why the Patriots want to keep White around. He's one of several former Bret Bielema products who has bought into the culture in New England, who've bought into the value in moving on, who willingly look ahead (but not too far) even when the past might be a happy place to revisit.
White was asked on Wednesday if his life had changed at all since scoring three touchdowns and recording a Super Bowl record 14 catches against the Falcons to help the Patriots secure their fifth championship.
"I traveled a bunch but that's about it," he said. "Just trying to put that in the past. It's a new season. Nobody cares about that anymore so just gotta get focused on this year."
The Patriots have about 3.4 million Twitter followers who would beg to differ. Not to mention the 1.7 million who follow the Falcons.
"It is what it is," White said, adding he's seen his game-winning overtime score more often than he'd like. "I want to continue to become a better player, and [I'm] just trying to do whatever I can to help this team this year."
Sounds like the kind of guy the Patriots would like to have for the long haul.