Patriots Super Bowl Legend Joins New Bedford Police for Ride-A-Long
When you think of Patriots running back James White, the first highlight that comes to mind for most fans is his gutsy Super Bowl game-winning touchdown in New England's miraculous come-from-behind overtime win against the Falcons.
White woke up that Super Bowl Sunday and chose savage, setting a Super Bowl record with 14 receptions, and became the first player in Super Bowl history with two rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown in the same game.
The halls in the New Bedford Police Headquarters on Rockdale Avenue were filled with energy on Wednesday when White took the trip down Route 24 to pay a visit to the Whaling City.
White high-fived Chief Paul Oliveira and was introduced to his partner for the day, Officer Tyler Viera.
White, who grew up with two parents in law enforcement, wasn't down on the SouthCoast just for fun. He made the visit to New Bedford to emphasize the Patriots' commitment to working with the New Bedford Police Department on the Lights On! program.
Under the initiative, rather than citing a driver for a mechanical problem during a traffic stop, NBPD officers are able to provide them with a voucher for a free repair.
"I think that's what's most important, especially during these times," White told Patriots.com. "Building that relationship with the community so everybody feels somewhat comfortable when they interact with (the police).