Rachaad White talks about her unorthodox career in the NFL


Arizona State’s Rachaad White (3) runs for a touchdown against Washington during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, November 13, 2021 in Seattle. Arizona State won 35-30.


To come back Raachad White’His dream came true Friday when he was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but some may have doubted he would ever make it to the NFL.

Although he was an All-State wide receiver/official at Center High School in Kansas City, White was a zero star rookie and committed to Division II Nebraska-Kearney in 2017. As the Buccaneers website noted, White later transferred to Mt. San Antonio Community College.

This school is located west of Los Angeles. While there, White held several jobs, Sports Illustrated’s Conor Orr reported, including a in a recycling plantadministering food stamps and providing security at the Coachella Music Festival.

“He said he would wake up at 4 a.m. on weekends in the off season and crawl through Bob’s furniture warehouse and set up and load beds for hours,” Orr wrote.

White turned heads at Mount San Antonio and transferred to Arizona State. In his senior season last year with the Sun Devils, he rushed for 1,006 yards and 15 touchdowns, averaging 5.5 yards per carry. He also caught 43 passes for 456 yards.

The Buccaneers selected the 6-foot-2, 210-pound White with the 91st pick in the third round.

His next job will find him lined up in the backfield behind future Hall of Famer Tom Brady.

“Honestly, I’m just grateful. I’m very much enjoying the trip I’ve been on,” White said. Tampa Bay Journalists. “I mean, I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. The road has been long. But you know, I feel like God does everything. Everything happens for a reason and God led me on this journey, he led me here today. Honestly, I would just say it’s a blessing and a dream come true.

White said one player he based his game on as a child is former Chiefs star Jamaal Charles. The Buccaneers will face the Chiefs this fall, so White will have a chance to play against the team he once encouraged in Kansas City.

He can’t wait to show Tampa Bay what he can do.

“You have a group of guys in the building who are already working hard,” he said, “so I feel like with me, you just added another one.

“A guy who is very humble and hungry. … I feel like I’m bringing a lot of good play, catching the ball out of the backfield, really doing my job. Doing things in my job to help the team win.

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