Rachaad White: My Rookie Year Was Great

February 8th, 2023

Running back Rachaad White.

Some players might say a losing season is miserable no matter what happened.

Bucs rookie running back Rachaad White isn’t in that camp. White was all positive reflecting on his rookie campaign today during a visit to SiriusXM NFL Radio.

White, who played two seasons for Arizona State University before being drafted in Round 3 last year, was in Phoenix at Radio Row. He said he’s relaxing in town and will be back in Tampa to train before the end of February.

“If I had to break down my rookie year, I would say it was great,” White said. “You know, it was a lot of blessings. It was a lot of things that as a young guy, you know, most young guys don’t get coming in [to the NFL].

“So just playing with Tom Brady, and all the other guys, Mike [Evans] and Leonard [Fournette] and Chris [Godwin] and just things like that, you don’t take that for granted.”

White called Brady “a great leader” and said Brady “took him under his wing.” He pointed to teammates and coaches showing him a lot of support, including Brady, after fumbling away the opening kickoff against the Chiefs in Week 4.

White’s biggest rookie challenge? He said it was adjusting to the NFL game and understanding what it takes to succeed and setting new habits and establishing new routines.

The unknown at One Buc Palace excites White, he said, referring to learning his eventual new offensive coordinator and running backs coach. White did not mention the men who coached him in those roles this season.

White wouldn’t pick a winner for the Super Bowl, but he grew up in Kansas City as a Chiefs fan, so he’ll be leaning in that direction on Sunday.

White added he hopes to get more into the community this year with free camps for kids and involvement in a Big Brother Big Sisters program, which he said he was part of as a child.

26 Responses to “Rachaad White: My Rookie Year Was Great”

  1. D-Rok Says:

    Good kid. Love his “hair-flip” he does often in interviews. Good player.

  2. HC Grover Says:

    He haz a future. Already got the press pablun down.

  3. MadMax Says:

    I like White….now try to draft Zach Evans to go along with him.

  4. SB Says:

    I like the kid a lot. Still wish we would have gotten Peirce but then again, can’t base your life on wishes.

  5. DoooshLaRue Says:

    I really like him. He showed a lot of potential this year
    Use him!

  6. Goatfarmer Says:

    Poor guy, that’s as good as it’s gonna be for him as long as the Toadster is overseeing decay and flaccidity.

  7. D-Rok Says:


    Please be sure to include the lovely descriptive terms Entropy and Morbid in your terms from now on. Chaos is another useful term. And while we’re at it, why not use the longest word in the English language?


    I’m a word-smith, and you can thank me later.

  8. sasquatch Says:

    Some people are just stuck in negativity. So certain they know how thing’s really are. #TumescentWithGloom

  9. Daniel Says:

    I can’t go with great, but I can go with “significantly better than Fournette”!

  10. August 1976 Buc Says:

    I can understand his perspective.
    But when you are a big part of the worst rushing team in the NFL,
    Great is not what it was for fans.

    Brady completes a million passes, but the point average being down 12+ a game says it all.

    You still need to be better than 32 in the league if you are going to accomplish anything.
    8-10 final record says it all.

  11. Bojim Says:

    He’s going to be a good one.

  12. August 1976 Buc Says:

    D ROK and GOATFARMER so I guess we can go with

    TODD THE TURRABLE TOADSTER ( and they said Ivan was terrible lol )

    The leader of the dumpster fire in the Brand spanking new DEN OF DEPRESSION

    Glazers Its time to “Siege the day”, and throw Turrable Toadster in the bay.

    Time for the “Schiano Billboards” to go up across the Tampa Bay area for Toady

    Ok Krewe, all and all fellow “Stick carriers”, you can upgrade and get Pitchforks

    and torches at your local walmart and be ready to storm 1 Buc Palace

    T3 = Todd the Turrable Toadster

  13. Esteban85 Says:

    I guess it’s all about your perspective. I like this kid’s positivity and hands. I can’t remember a single drop by him. With a better O line I think he excels as does other rookies like Otton and Goedeke

  14. sasquatch Says:

    His comments were about his experience going into the NFL. God forbid a guy should have a positive attitude and be grateful for what he receives in life!

    You grumpy b!tching and complaining old b@stares could learn a lesson in perspective from the kid.

  15. sasquatch Says:


  16. Oddball Says:

    D-Rok: I thought it was Supercalafragilisticexpealadosish.

  17. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Be positive all you want, great, but enduring this last season was just a weekly pain show for the most part, with glimmers of hope. And I stated this

    “I can understand his perspective.

    But when you are a big part of the worst rushing team in the NFL,

    Great is not what it was for fans.”

    If any thought it was great to endure the weekly azz whoopin that the o line took, have at it, but I did not.

  18. sasquatch Says:

    Again, he was asked how his experience was. He wasn’t asked to evaluate his performance, or to address what the losing may have felt like to the fans.

    You’re free to b!tch and moan all you want, but misinterpreting a kid’s words because you’re bitter is childish.

  19. A40train Says:

    Young man is gonna be a good one.

  20. August 1976 Buc Says:

    SqIt is not misinterpreting his words, I said I understand his perspective

    Then I gave many fans perspective of the team and the worst rushing game in the league.

    You are doing the very thing to me, that you said I did, Sorry yiou are off base

  21. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Squatch You are misrepresenting my words, maybe be real.

    So just do what you say others are doing, that makes it ok. NOT

    You misrepresent what is said, in accusing others of doing what you are doing.

    Get real

  22. View from 132 Says:

    Finally we have a new Warrick Dunn. Hopefully he gets better offensive coordinators here than Dunn suffered through.

  23. Goatfarmer Says:

    Why did even the fast guys look slow on the Bowels’man’s unit?

    Because (and the last and only great QB the Bucs will ever have, Tom Brady, complained about it), Bowels forced his one field first team practices to be at 75%.


    Let’s keep this guy.

  24. Larrd Says:

    Last in nfl rushing.

  25. Ed McSherry Says:

    Quoting the Buccaneers’ rushing stats is totally irrelevant with regard to Rachaad White: he only played “here n’ there” in the the first half of the season; and even then, he delivered very impressively on gaining 1st downs; which, no doubt, was a great relief for Brady in a year where it seemed that his (Brady’s) own O-line and OC were conspiring to ensure “3 n’ outs” as part of the main, season-long-game-plan.

    Rachaad White’s clutch “1st downs,” turned into clutch red zone touchdowns by the end of the season.

    Did I mention that he was a rookie?

    What more can one ask-for in assessing and predicting a future great, rushing/pass-receiving and smart player?

  26. CleanHouse Says: