T he football world has rallied around James White after his father, Tyrone, was killed in a car accident Sunday.
White was a last-minute inactive in Week 2 for the New England Patriots and absent from practice Wednesday after learning his parents were involved in a deadly crash.
The running back’s father reportedly was pronounced dead at the scene in Cooper City, Fla. His mother, Lisa, remains in critical condition.
White’s teammates paid tribute their teammate during “Sunday Night Football” in their first touchdown celebration against Seattle. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson showed class by offering his old Wisconsin teammate prayers and condolences his his postgame interview.
And so did one of his old coaches on the Badgers.
“Thoughts and prayers go to James, and you know, praying for Lisa,” Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst on Wednesday said, via NBC15 Madison’s George Balekji. “I personally felt blessed in the time I got to spend with Tyrone. Unbelievable person and energy. You know, those of you who were here and know James, James has a lot of those same great qualities he got from Tyrone.”
Chryst was the Badgers’ offensive coordinator during White’s freshman and sophomore years.