Patriots lifer, Super Bowl LI hero James White retires after nine NFL seasons

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"Sweet Feet" is hanging them up for good.

Patriots running back James White announced his retirement after nine NFL seasons -- all in New England -- in a Twitter post on Thursday.

"It has been an honor to represent my family, my teammates, and the people of New England as a Patriot!" he wrote. "… To say that Foxboro will always hold a special place in my heart is an understatement."

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White was attempting to come back from a season-ending hip injury suffered in Week 3 last year, signing a two-year deal to return to New England in free agency. But he had not made it back to the practice field yet after starting training camp on the PUP list. He seemed unlikely to play football this season.

The former fourth-round pick in 2014 ends his career as a three-time Super Bowl champion and helped author the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history with 14 receptions for 110 yards, 29 rushing yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime, against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.

He finishes with 381 career catches for 3,278 yards and 25 touchdowns receiving, 1,278 career rushing yards, and 11 touchdowns on the ground.

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