“I’m Not Really In Awe Of Anybody”

July 20th, 2022

Rookie running back Rachaad White.

Bucs rookie running back Rachaad White seems to love the spotlight and he’s unafraid to show his confidence.

It’s fun, and he sounds humble and sincere while he does more interviews than Joe can ever remember a third-round pick doing before ever taking a snap.

Joe’s not knocking White in any way. Get your name out there. Build your brand and back it up.

Today, White was on SiriusXM NFL Radio answering questions about Tom Brady, of course.

When it came to meeting Brady and experiencing him at June minicamp, White said he came away incredibly impressed but he was not startruck like most rookies.

For me, it was amazing. Just how he we met and how we talked to each other,” White began. “Just kind of the man that [Brady] was. That’s what lit up in my head, was just how down to earth he was. Talked to anybody, talked to everyone. I mean, was just himself. … On the field, how consistent he was, how locked in he was in everything that he did during mandatory mincamp. Just off the field, how he has a great personality and he’s comfortable being himself all the time.”

White was asked if he was in awe of Brady and he was quick to wave that off. “No, I’m different, though. I’m not really in awe of anybody. That is how I am. It’s no disrespect to anybody.”

It will be interesting to see how White’s confidence and outgoing ways mesh with the other Bucs running backs. Ke’Shawn Vaughn is a very quiet dude who also is steaming with confidence. And Leonard Fournette is a beloved teammate who can be a little sensitive, and he’s a big fan of Vaughn.

White said he has no concerns about anything. He loves the offense and he can’t wait to show off his pass blocking, he says, because it’s all about “will and heart,” two things he specializes in.

32 Responses to ““I’m Not Really In Awe Of Anybody””

  1. Allbuccedup Says:

    Its good being cocky as long as he backs it up.

  2. Buc92’ Says:

    He’s taking Larger Lenny’s spot … Lenny will then start crying like he had to do for rojo … hopefully not bt it’s something special about rachaad white


  3. Smashsquatch Says:

    I like his film and attitude, can’t wait to see him in game action. A vet, a 3rd year breakout candidate, and a rookie; we have the makings of a good RB room. Bernard is the insurance policy.

  4. Rod Munch Says:

    His tape looks so good, I’m going to be shocked if he’s not a star in a few years. I did not say that about Vaughn or Ronnie, I don’t give out that type of praise easily, but he looks like he could be a David Johnson style/level of RB in this offense.

  5. Hodad Says:

    Sounds like it won’t take him that long to learn the offense. Something Rojo had a problem with.

  6. GOB Says:

    Be careful Mr. White. You should be in awe, or you soon will be. The jump from college to the pros is the biggest one of all. Everyone is stronger, faster and more prepared. It’s nice to be confident, but over confidence is the downfall of many a rookie.

  7. Rod Munch Says:

    Rojo’s issue was his hands, if he could catch the ball, he’d be a star. It’s why I never understood picking a guy that high in this offense. Had Rojo been in Baltimore or Tennessee, he’d be a 1600-yard rusher.

    Also keep in mind that Ronnie is younger than Vaughn is right now (he’s still just 24) – and in KC, Jones could pretty easily be a 1000+ yard rusher, but won’t hit that next level because in that offense you need to catch the ball, and that just isn’t happening.

    What I wouldn’t give to be a 24-year old millionaire in good health. All the best to Ronnie, unless he plays us, then I hope he drops everything and fumbles 7 times.

  8. Rod Munch Says:

    GOB – the more he runs his mouth the better, since he’s either going to back it up, or he’s going to p/o the rest of the RB’s and they’re going to do everything to show him up. Bucs win either way.

  9. fern Says:

    Oh crap he did himself in

  10. Tbbucs3 Says:

    “Rojo’s issue was his hands, if he could catch the ball, he’d be a star.”

    This is just not true. Plently of running backs throughout NFL history have been great with bad hands. ROJO was nothing special with the ball in his hands period.

  11. GOB Says:

    Rod, I wouldn’t be worried about the other backs on the team, but opposing players. The first time someone closes on him like a Ferrari and earholes him, you know what they’ll say. “Welcome to the NFL rook” I like confident players, but I think he’s fibbing a bit. How can you not be in awe of Brady? If you don’t have a healthy respect for the NFL, it can chew you up and spit you out.

  12. Seattle Buc is back in TB Says:

    Hope he does well and does not join the exclusive club of recent Bucs milk carton RBs.

  13. Dooley Says:

    Could be over confidence, could just be a 23 year old rookie trying to keep himself grounded and focused on what HE has to do to line himself up as a contributor. Also, admiring the fact White in a few different interviews has identified pass protection as an RB as a matter of “want to” which implies White knows its something that takes work & focus to be and stay good at.

    Also, FWIW, when he talks about what flashes through his mind with one defender to beat, this kid has a really firm grip on manipulating the physics of his movement and drawing a desired reaction from defenders to open up more space for him once he sells the stutter step or head fake.

  14. Anonymous Says:

    So far, I am liking this kid….hope he does great things.

  15. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    So far, I am liking this kid…..Hope he does great things.

  16. Bob Says:

    Just do it!

  17. Tim Says:

    @Buc92 Larger Lenny lol. Reminds me of Johnny in Airplane! And Lenny is getting LARGER

  18. SB Says:

    In the words of Kid Rock:
    “It ain’t cocky MotherFer if you back it up!”

  19. SPARKY Says:

    The way he talked about Brady tells me he is in awe of Tom the man. I think in about a month he will be in awe of Tom the football player. Like Dooley, I too was impressed with White talking about pass blocking. Not normal for a rookie running back.

  20. SB~LV Says:

    I have a good feeling about this guy

  21. Goatfarmer Says:

    Hope he still this exuberant when he’s 8 deep on the practice squad this fall.

  22. Rod Munch Says:

    Tbbucs3 – true, but in THIS offense you have to catch the ball. As I said, had he been in a different offense, like in Tennessee for example, he’d have rushed for at least 1600 yards and would be a star. Not saying a super star, he’s not Emmitt Smith or anything, but he’d be a star, the same way Blount was a star, the same way Doug Martin was a star – and yes, they both were star players.

  23. Rod Munch Says:

    GOB – The NFL is so watered down a limp wristed, they’re not going to ‘teach a lesson’ to rookies anymore in fear they’ll suspended and lose game checks. Teams are already giving everything they have going up against Brady, some rookie trash talking isn’t going to make a bit of difference.

  24. Chris Tucker@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I have a good funny feeling about this kid. I think he is going to be a star, and Brady will love him, once he sees his hands.
    This guy is a converted receiver, so he has the sure hands of a true receiver, with the speed and moves of a running back.
    Gio Bernard can catch too, but he does not have the speed White does.
    Plus he is hungry.

  25. Outsider Says:

    Lmao kid hasn’t even played a minute of pro football. “I’m different” good god you better back it up.

  26. Anonymous Says:

    Not everyone that comes in contact with another human being see the aura

  27. Buclova79 Says:

    What’s wrong with being different…Nothing wrong with being confident in your abilities and continuing to work at your craft. I think the kid has a chance to be really good

  28. Gofortheface30 Says:

    Some of are weird. I’m not interested in getting to some philosophical, introspective thesis on the psychology behind this so I’m gnna make this as minimalist, and as simplistic as possible: do you guy expect white suck Brady off or something? The fact that people are somehow offended that our rookie running back isn’t damn near bowing down to another man says something about YOU. No grown man should hero worship to that level. It’s unbecoming, weak. White is getting paid a lot of money to do a job and perform. Brady is now a colleague. Let the other candy asses worry about giving each other reach arounds.

  29. steele Says:

    I’m tired of this generation of arrogant braggarts. Show some humility. Study. Learn. Keep your mouths closed. Work hard. Yes, sir. No, sir. Show off when you prove something. Until then, please shut up.

  30. David Says:

    I think more people here need to actually listen to the interview. There was no overconfidence or cockiness or arrogance at all. He is just a confident player and very respectful. Anyone in any professional sport better be confident or they’re not going to have a job very long

  31. Goatfarmer Says:

    White. The second coming of Jeff Demps.

    If he’s in the NFL three years from now he’ll have done well.

  32. Rod Munch Says:

    steele – were you alive in the 80s and 90s? Because there was a lot of trash talking back then, unlike the complete and total dullards that are around today who just say everything by the book. It’s amazing the number of people like yourself that think words hurt. Grow up.

    Gofortheface30 – You’re 100% correct, there’s a lot of cupcakes around here who get very upset if someone isn’t a complete bore.