Just a few days after learning of his father’s tragic passing in a car accident, New England Patriots running back James White spoke publicly for the first time on Tuesday.
In a post to his Instagram page, White reflected on the importance of being a father while wishing his own son a happy birthday.
White shared a picture of Tyrone White holding him when he was a baby, and a picture of himself holding Xzavier.
“Happy 1st birthday Xzavier! I hope I can be as good of a father to you as my father was to my brother and I! I still can’t quite process everything that’s going on right now but when I look at you, you give me life! May you Rest In Peace Dad, we miss you much already.”
Cornerback Jason McCourty referenced the Instagram post Tuesday when discussing his teams support of White.
“He has a son to look after, and the things his dad bestowed on him, I’m sure he’ll be eager and fired up to pass on to his next generation,” McCourty said.
“So I think for all of us, you don’t get a chance to compart mentalize when loss hits so close to home. You just have to pick those tears up, bring them along with you to work, and everywhere you go and sometimes that can be motivation. Sometimes it’s going to be rough days … in this building, you have a group of people that are all moving in the same direction that want the best for you. You have people you can lean on, and that you can ask to be there for you. I think that’s the most important thing: as teammates and friends and brothers, we have to continue to be there for one another, to lift each other up.”
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