Roddy White Has No Interest Playing For Teams That Suck; Would Rather Retire
Not many athletes are prone to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth when speaking about their career and what teams they wouldn’t want to play for because that particular team just flat out sucks.
That was until Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution spoke with former wide receiver of the Atlanta Falcons, Roddy White, who was cut this offseason after 11 seasons with the only team he has been a part of since entering the NFL.
Roddy made it very clear he has no interest in non-contending teams. He would rather retire instead of playing for any of them:
“When my agent and I went down the list and I saw the teams that really needed wide receivers, I was like, ‘Wow, I really don’t want to go there,’” White said. “I knew I couldn’t win with any of those teams. At this point of my career, I don’t want to be dragging my feet in Week 13 just to have an opportunity to be 4-10 next week.”
Roddy wouldn’t advise on which teams have contacted him, but he made two things very clear:
• He will sign only with a team that he believes can contend for a Super Bowl, acknowledging that limits the field to “maybe six teams.”
• If that opportunity doesn’t come, he will retire.
“I’ll let it go into the season, maybe Week 4 or 5,” he said. “If it doesn’t happen, I’ll be putting my cleats on a power line, just like Marshawn Lynch.”
“I’ve literally prepared myself for it. I’ve talked to my financial adviser and he said I’m fine if I decide to quit. But I’ve always played this game to win a Super Bowl. I thought I’d get with the Falcons and we’d win a championship and everything I wanted in my career would be fulfilled. I’ve been on good teams and bad teams, but at this point I don’t have the energy to be on teams that can’t win now.”
“I’m not going to be sitting on the couch and put myself in a position to fail. I want to be Jerry Rice in his prime.”
For now, Roddy is a full-time dad until one of those ‘six teams’ gives him a call.
“I’ve had a chance to chase my kids around and go to all of their events,” he said. “They’re keeping me busy in the summer. My oldest son is 10 years old now and he asks me every week, ‘Where are you going to play football now?’”
Only time will tell.