Tom Brady: James White Deserves Super Bowl MVP Award

Bryan Brandom
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Tom Brady became the all-time winningest Super Bowl quarterback on Sunday, when he led the New England Patriots to the greatest comeback in the history of the NFL playoffs for his record fifth win in the big game as a signal caller.

But he wasn't the only Patriot to etch his name into the NFL's record books.

Third-year running back James White set Super Bowl records with 14 receptions and 20 total points, and tied another with three touchdowns. The Wisconsin alum totaled 139 yards from scrimmage and scored the Pats' last two touchdowns, adding the first of two crucial two-point conversions. His 110 receiving yards is also a record for a running back.

For those reasons, Brady, who was awarded the Super Bowl MVP, thinks the honor should have gone to White.

"I think James White deserves it," Brady said during a Monday press conference for the award. "It'd be nice for him. It took a real team effort."

Brady wasn't so bad himself, throwing for 466 yards, two touchdowns, and a pick in the first overtime game in Super Bowl history.

"White is like my oldest son," Brady said. "He just does everything right and you can never get mad at him because even if he doesn't make the play, he feels worse about it than you do. He's just the best teammate. He's an incredible player. He's been that way since he really assumed that big role when Dion [Lewis] got hurt last year. I'm so proud of him and everything he's accomplished. I've seen him grow from a rookie to working his tail off to become a big factor in all of these games.

"That particular role in our offense—in the Kevin Faulk mold, in the Danny Woodhead mold, in the Shane Vereen mold. Ultimately what Dion and James have done has been incredible for our offense because they're tough matchups and not only can they run and not only can they catch but they pass protect too. There's a lot of toughness and they're so well coached by Ivan Fears who is a great coach for our team and gets those guys so ready every week. It's just a great performance by him when we needed it the most on the biggest stage and he really came through for us."

Brady then endured an awkward handshake with commissioner Roger Goodell.

The quarterback, 39, doesn't seem to have any wild celebratory plans in store.

"It was really great. It was great to celebrate," he said, "My sisters were there, my wife, all my kids, my little girl was there. It'll be nice to go home and spend some time with them, they haven't had their dad around much lately."