White Shines Brightest In December

Posted May 12, 2013

Roddy White has set plenty of franchise records in his eight seasons and what he’s done in the final month of the season has him among the best in the league.

When you hear Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff speak about urgent players, he’s talking about guys like Roddy White. In eight seasons, White has put together a career that is worthy of being included in any conversation about the best wide receivers in this decade.

White’s put together seasons that have seen four Pro Bowls and his most recent season made him just the fifth player in league history with three straight seasons of at least 90 catches and 1,200 yards. His entire career is something to talk about, but it’s his work in the final month of the season that really exemplifies the kind of player White is.

When teams want to be at their best, they strive to play well in December. In White’s career, the twelfth month of the year has seen some of White’s most lucrative numbers.

In 2007, the season that White came into his own as a receiver, he had 428 yards and three touchdowns. There were five games in December that season, but those are still solid numbers. The stats White posted in December that season were his highest of the season.

In 2008 he posted 297 yards and one touchdown. In 2009 he came on strong with 317 yards and three touchdowns in four games. The yardage he posted that month was second only to November’s when he played in five games. His touchdown total was the second highest of the season as well.

In 2010 he caught two touchdowns with 261 yards and in the next seasons he cemented himself as a true player when the season is on the line. In 2011 he recorded 397 yards and four touchdowns. His yardage was the second highest of the season and his TDs were a season high.

In 2012 he turned in 328 yards and three touchdowns in four games. His touchdown total was tied for his season high and it was his third highest yardage month.  Last season, White reached 8,725 yards receiving, giving him the franchise record when he passed Terance Mathis’ old mark of 7,349 yards. White’s 52 career touchdowns is currently third most in team history.

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