On November 2, 1981, in James Island, South Carolina, Roddy White was born. He participated in football and track at James Island High School. White played collegiate football for the UAB Blazers while attending the University of Alabama-Birmingham after graduating. He earned a first-team All-Conference USA selection as a senior in 2004 and a four-year letter winner.
White was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the first round (27th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played for the Falcons for 11 seasons from 2005 to 2015. In his first season with the Falcons, he played in all 16 games and caught 30 passes for 446 yards and three touchdowns. He quickly became one of the team’s top receiving threats and was selected to his first Pro Bowl in 2008. In 2010, he had a career year, catching 115 passes for 1,389 yards and 10 touchdowns, and was named a first-team All-Pro.
Over the course of his 11-year career with the Falcons, White caught 808 passes for 10,863 yards and 63 touchdowns. He is the team’s all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. He was selected to the Pro Bowl four times (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012) and was named a second-team All-Pro in 2011. White retired from the NFL following the 2015 season.
After retiring from the NFL, White has remained active in the Atlanta community. He has worked as an NFL analyst for various media outlets and has also been involved in charitable work. In 2018, White founded the Roddy White Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the lives of children in need through education, mentorship, and sports. The foundation has supported various initiatives, including providing school supplies for disadvantaged students and hosting youth football camps. White has also worked with other organizations, such as the Boys & Girls Club of America, to give back to his community.