Gotta feel for Roddy White. He was a loyal and borderline Hall of Fame wide receiver on a bunch of middling Falcons teams. Putting up six consecutive seasons with at least 80 catches, 1100 yards, and six touchdowns, White is the NFL’s 36th all-time leading wide receiver. However, the farthest he ever got during those years in Atlanta was the 2012 NFC Championship against Colin Kaepernick and the San Fransisco 49ers.
Then the literal year after he retires, the Falcons not only make an epic run to the Super Bowl but actually lead 28-3 at one point. It’s the dream of any offensive player to be up by 25 points in the big game, let alone an excellent one like Roddy White.
Needless to say, he’s a little frustrated with the way things unfolded in Houston.
White, appearing on the We Never Played the Game podcast, said he would have gotten physical with Shanahan if he were still on the team.
Via Bleacher Report:
White took exception with the play-calling when Atlanta held a 28-20 lead with 4:40 remaining on the clock. He believed the Falcons should have run the ball three times from New England’s 22-yard line to set up a potential game-clinching field goal, but quarterback Matt Ryan was instead sacked, and Atlanta had to punt.
Shanahan, who is now head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, was chided by White and blamed for blowing the game.
‘You destroyed a dream for a city. It’s bigger than me. The city of Atlanta needed that championship and you had it. [Owner] Arthur Blank needed that championship and he deserved to win that game, with everything he’s been through. It was finally our time to win and it just hurt me that we didn’t get it done.’
Hard not to agree with Rowdy Roddy White on this one.