When superstar receiver Roddy White sprained his right ankle against the Baltimore Ravens in the second preseason game for the Atlanta Falcons, it seemed that “Superman” would finally miss his first game since entering the league eight years ago.
Instead of the 31-year-old White taking it easy with his latest injury, he guaranteed to the Falcons’ fans that he would be on the field with his teammates, as they take on a New Orleans Saints team that will be trying to regain their “Alpha Dog” status in the NFC South.
“Come Sunday I’ll be ready to go,” White said Thursday. “My adrenalin will be pumping and once you get out there you’ve got to just go play.”
Even though White has stated that he will not be at full strength, the Saints’ defense will still game plan against the wideout the same way they have done in the past, as he will be one of their top defensive priorities in terms of shutting down.
“We know that ultimately those reports mean nothing when big games are at hand,” Saints cornerback Jabari Greer said Thursday. “So we’re preparing as if he’s going to be out there full speed, 100 percent and we’re not going to be surprised by anything.
“He’s a receiver that can present problems, so we just have to make sure we respectfully prepare for him.”
Despite the streaks and records, White’s durability has allowed him to become one of the top receivers in the league, which has allowed the Falcons in owning one of the best receiving trio in the league. White doesn’t care about individual awards, but his passion and love for the game itself is what keeps White going.
“I never thought about it really,” he said. “You just go out there and football players play football. You never think about if you’re going to miss a game or not play. If you have the opportunity to go out there and play, you just play.”
White will indeed do what he does best, and that is to suit up and play alongside his teammates. Whether he is 30 percent or 100 percent, “Superman” White will always find a way to be out on the field for the Dirty Birds.