Will Devin White’s Mom Be A Factor?

May 27th, 2019

Since the draft ended, Joe has been diving in to all things Devin White.

The anointed savior of the Bucs defense is a laid back dude but super intense at the same time. A very-small-town kid with big-city polish in front of the cameras. Social media? You’re more likely to find him on or around a horse.

One thing Joe found intriguing is White’s relationship with his mother. She’s not cut from the everybody-gets-a-trophy crowd. White, it seems, was the opposite of coddled by his mom and he cares deeply about what she thinks.

“She’s a mom that’s really hard on me. She never really gives me the praises that I look for,” White told BSPN before the draft.

“Because I do a lot of great things, and when I Face-Timed her [after running a 4.42-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine], she was just screaming with joy. So that kind of really touched me, to finally see some accomplishments from my mom, so I just let it all out.”

White explained that his mother’s praise inspired him to finish the Combine with a new intensity and, of course, White’s performance there cemented his elite draft status.

If the Bucs struggle early this season, or White, like most rookies needs a month or two to get his NFL feet under him, how will his mom react? And how might that affect White? Obviously, he had a ton of success in college, so landing with a struggling NFL franchise represents a radical change in environment. Though Joe can only imagine what White might have heard from mom after LSU allowed 74 points to Texas A&M back in November. So perhaps that made him even tougher mentally.

Joe’s just intrigued by White’s take on his maternal relationship. That could be a factor — good or bad — for a guy who just turned 21 years old.

Also in the interview, White offered an inspiring take about being the “new-age linebacker” in a league in which offenses are diversifying their threats and the “downhill thumper” linebacker is less valuable.

21 Responses to “Will Devin White’s Mom Be A Factor?”

  1. DooshLaRue Says:

    What a refreshing article Joe.

    Feeling ok?

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Mom’s always matter……both good & bad.

  3. JabooBuc Says:

    Can she rush the passer?

  4. Erik Hesson - Fine Artist - City of St Pete (formerly known as 'The Kwon Alexander of Bucs Fans') ***Rhealist, louden, & tmax are the worst posters ever!!! Says:

    I think Zach might be rubbing off on Joe…

    I like it!

    Tough Love produces Greatness!!!!!!

  5. Todd Says:


    😂😂😂 I thought the SAME thing! Good on Joe.

  6. Maze Says:


  7. Erik Hesson - Fine Artist - City of St Pete (formerly known as 'The Kwon Alexander of Bucs Fans') ***Rhealist, louden, & tmax are the worst posters ever!!! Says:

    And for the terrible commenters out there (mainly Rhealist, tmax, & louden), that’s a simple little formula above for a good solid comment, take notes…

    A simple ponderance + a passionate opinion + a simple yet profound pearl of wisdom/life lesson = a solid comment.

    Rhealist, tminimum, & louden annoying can all go Eat a Fat one!!!!!!

  8. “That guy” Says:

    Idk joe. I’d have to watch some game tape.

  9. Steven007 Says:

    Erik, tminimum, that’s funny. I might rotate between that and “tiny hands” trollmax.

  10. SOEbuc Says:

    One can only pray she’s not psycho b!tch Miko 2.0

  11. Darin Says:

    Beat me to it. Was gona ask if her name was Miko

  12. WhatdaBUCisthis Says:

    This year is gonna be bonkers!
    Go BUCS

  13. rrsrq Says:

    I guess he won’t need Jason Licht to come down and have a talk with him to get him fired up and ready to play

  14. bucshot Says:

    This is a new low, even for Joe

  15. Barack's Crack Pipe Says:

    SOEbuc Says:
    “One can only pray she’s not psycho b!tch Miko 2.0”

    Beat me, also. LOL

  16. stpetebucsfan Says:

    There is no comparison between White’s mom and Miko!

    In addition to the obvious…a mother has a totally DIFFERENT relationship with a guy than his wife…or at least I hope so…

    White’s mom was tough on him not singing his praises.

    Miko is the exact opposite. I’m not in the bash Miko crowd…I actually get her…she loves her man…takes excellent care of him…but her love blinded her to the reality of Brent’s ability.

    Her rants did not include busting Brent’s chops but anybody who disparaged Brent’s ability and accomplishments. I get and respect that in a marriage but take those opinions with a grain of salt. There perhaps is no great conflict of interest than LOVE.

    I hope my wife is also blinded to the reality of my lack of ability.
    She’s still with me so she must be blind. LOL

  17. El_Buc941 Says:

    Man joe the way you tell how Whites mom is i would love BA to hire her. We need more coaching like hers and BAs. You think your gonna get a high fibe or a “good job” because you dominated practice or got a sac?! BUC NO! Let me see you do it again but faster and with more technique! What do you want?a cookie because you interrupted the qbs pocket? SAC HIM! Your in his hea and now i want you in his grill!!!

  18. SteelStudBuc Says:

    Can she coach Jameis?

  19. BigMacAttack Says:

    This young man will achieve greatness. Not a doubt in my mind. Best player in the draft.

  20. Magadude Says:

    If we handled Miko Grimes, we can handle anyone. Period.

  21. BringBucsBack Says:

    Coach ‘em hard, hug ‘em later!