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Veteran NFL Running Back Announces Retirement At 30

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This Thursday morning, a longtime New England Patriots running back announced his retirement. That player is 30-year-old James White. 

White said goodbye to the NFL in a statement this morning. He spent his entire eight-year career in New England. He finishes with 3,278 yards receiving, 1,278 yards rushing and 36 career touchdowns. 

"Thank you to Mr. Kraft, Coach Belichick, and the entire Patriots organization for giving me the opportunity to live out my childhood dream. To be able to play my entire career for one franchise, in front of the best fans in the NFL, has been a tremendous blessing and honor," he said in the statement.

An icon in New England. James White was integral to the Patriots' Super Bowl runs between 2015 and 2020. 

A significant veteran loss for Bill Belichick and the AFC East franchise. 

"James defines the term consummate professional," said Belichick. "His dependability, consistency, unselfishness and performance under pressure are elite. Combining great intelligence, quickness and elusiveness, James was a perfect fit for our pass offense. While soft spoken, he brought exceptional leadership and competitive toughness to the team. He was a multi-year team captain and one of the most respected, best team players I have ever coached."

Damien Harris will continue receiving the majority of snaps at running back this upcoming season.