After a sterling career in Atlanta, wide receiver Roddy white is hanging ups his cleats for good. Taking to his favorite online medium, Twitter, Roddy confirmed his official retirement from the league on Friday.
I would like to thank Arthur Blank and the falcons organization for a great 11 years. The city of Atlanta I love y'all so much. I'm (cont…
— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) April 14, 2017
White was released from Atlanta prior to last season, after a year marred by injuries and another where he was absent from the game plan entirely, seemingly due to Kyle Shanahan’s scheme.
Roddy elaborated to Per Sean Wagner-McGough, CBS Sports:
“What [Shanahan] expected from me and what I expected from him was totally different,” White said. “I expected to play a bigger role in the offense, and that’s what I wanted to do. But he didn’t have that in his desires. He had other people that he wanted to play my role, so he wanted me to be out of the [offense]. That was the whole thing. And it is what it is. I can’t do nothing about it. I can’t change his way of thinking or anything like that. I can just do what I did, which was just handle my business and get myself prepared for this moment.”
After mulling his options while sitting out during 2016, Roddy has decided to put the cap on a brilliant and record-setting career in Atlanta. Through 11 seasons, White amassed 808 receptions, 10,863 yards, and 63 touchdowns, becoming the franchise leader in all categories.
A fan favorite on and off the field, Roddy White will truly be missed in Atlanta. His contributions to the team will echo in the halls of Falcons lore; his skill, his passion, his love of the game.
Enjoy retirement, Roddy. You gave Atlanta all you had for over a decade.
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