After 11 seasons of duty in the city of Atlanta, former Falcons wide receiver Roddy White officially retires from the NFL on Friday. This comes after a release from the Falcons in March 2016. White was in search of a team since the release and outside of the occasional rumor here and there, nothing really came to fruition.
White spent his entire NFL as an Atlanta Falcon after getting drafted 27th overall in the 2005 NFL Draft. His career started off a little slow in the eyes of many as he totaled 59 catches and three touchdowns his first two seasons. That was until he stumbled upon a breakout season in 2007 in which he hauled in 83 receptions, 1,202 yards and six touchdowns in his first season as a full-time starter. Starting in 2007, White ran a string of six straight seasons of 83 or more catches and during that time, White earned four Pro Bowl berths. His play also earned him a spot as a member of the 2010 first team All-Pro.
During his last season in Atlanta, White became embroiled in a locker room rift with then-offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. His last season in Atlanta showcased arguably his worst statistical season in his career. Despite that, White still managed career totals of 808 catches, 10,863 yards, and 63 touchdown receptions. He leaves the game as the Falcons all-time leader in each category. He is also 33rd all-time in receptions, 36th in yards, and 63rd in receiving touchdowns in NFL history.