Roddy White is obviously good at receiving, but is he good at giving, too? We asked the Atlanta Falcons receiver what a “White Christmas” was like.
“When I was 10, I got a huge remote control truck,” White said, when asked to recall his favorite gifts as a kid. “It was like two feet tall. I drove the wheels off that thing,” he remembered, making some sound effects as if he was driving it now. What about something he wanted but never got?
“When I was 13, all I wanted was a dirt bike, but that didn’t happen,” he explained.
How about family fun on Christmas, any unique traditions? “My whole family would get together, there were about 18 of us. Every Christmas we played Spades. We had a big family tournament.”
White shared something unique about his Christmas experience: He was not allowed to decorate or touch the Christmas tree. Apparently he got too creative with the lights one year and was not asked to participate in the tree trimming festivities from there on out. Maybe it had something to do with his exuberance for the holiday. “I also wasn’t allowed near the tree after it was decorated,” he said. White told us that he would get so amped about Christmas that he literally jumped into the tree on occasion and knocked it over. “Mom didn’t like that,” he lamented.
White went on to say that one of the most fun parts about being an NFL player around Christmas is that he has the ability to give some pretty special things to some of the most important people in his life. One year he gave his grandma a princess cut diamond bracelet. “She cried over that one.”
It seems that White likes giving about as much as receiving. The Saints certainly hope so, though White has only fumbled once this year. He is not giving when it comes to turnovers.