Two years ago, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady gave the truck he received as Super Bowl XLIX Most Valuable Player to cornerback Malcolm Butler for his game-saving interception. This year, he has plans to do something similar, Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston reports.
“I think James White deserves it,” Brady said Monday morning at the traditional Super Bowl MVP news conference.
White, a third-year running back from Wisconsin, set Super Bowl records with 14 receptions and 20 points scored in Sunday’s dramatic 34-28 comeback victory over the Atlanta Falcons. He rushed for the Patriots’ final two touchdowns, had a 2-point conversion, and caught a 5-yard touchdown pass as well. The three touchdowns tied a Super Bowl record.
Brady, weary-eyed from just a few hours of sleep, compared White to his 9-year-old son, Jack.
“He just does everything right and you can never get mad at him,” he joked. “Even when he doesn’t make the play, he feels worse about it than you do. He’s just the best teammate, an incredible player, and has been that way since he really assumed that big role when Dion [Lewis] got hurt [in November of 2015]. I’m so proud of everything he’s accomplished. I’ve seen him grow up as a rookie, to working his tail off and becoming a big factor in all these games.”