Tampa Bay linebacker Devin White is looking for extra money within the NFL

Devin White hasn’t modified a lot bodily or personally since his taking part in days at North Webster Excessive College in Springhill.

He nonetheless portrays the laidback, nation boy persona that made him fashionable in his highschool, at LSU and now as a Tampa Bay linebacker.

White was in Shreveport on Thursday afternoon on the Academy Sports activities + Outside retailer on Bert Kouns doling out $1,500 value of merchandise to 10 Shreveport athletes coached by Shreveport police division officers within the Pop Warner League. Not solely did the ten obtain $150 every to buy with, they have been capable of meet arguably the perfect linebacker north Louisiana has produced.

Not surprisingly, White was all smiles as he bounced a basketball across the procuring space, chatting with the children and posing for images with the officers and retailer staff. Now the proprietor of a Tremendous Bowl ring after incomes a number of accolades at LSU, White mentioned Thursday he’s glad he was capable of bypass the NIL-era exploding on the collegiate stage.

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“I believe I’d have had one of many greatest being the big-time recruit I used to be, and being an in-state man,” White mentioned. “I actually don’t observe the NIL to know what it’s primarily based off of. However with my recognition and likability, I believe I’d’ve gotten a pleasant deal. I’m previous the period and I’m glad I’m previous the period, as a result of to me, cash’s not all the things. I actually loved my years at LSU and none of it was primarily based off cash. It was in regards to the love for the college and taking part in the game I really like.

“I labored onerous and made it to the NFL and made some cash. Hopefully, gonna make a bunch extra money by taking part in the sport I really like and retaining the primary factor the primary factor.”

White mentioned the occasion at Academy Sports activities Thursday’s occasion was about setting a optimistic instance and giving the youngsters optimistic motivation. Many of the youngsters at Academy Sports activities knew White is a northwest Louisiana native and have had the chance to see him play within the greatest recreation on the planet.

“My head stays straight. I do know my objectives, I do know my focus and my priorities in life,” White mentioned. “It’s good to place a face with a reputation slightly than only a face within the work.”

Tampa Bay linebacker Devin White (left) visits with 11-year-old Jayden Gardner and Shreveport police officer Rodney Stewart throughout Thursday’s $1,500 procuring spree at Shreveport’s Academy Sports activities + Outside.

Admittedly White by no means imagined throughout his prep days that he can be within the place he was in Thursday.

“I wasn’t pondering that far forward, however I used to be all the time the man who embraced youthful youngsters and I had the clout I had. I used to be all the time signing autographs when it wasn’t value nothing,” White mentioned. “Now, my signature is my foremost factor. However you do need to have a imaginative and prescient and my imaginative and prescient has all the time been the identical – to remain true to myself and be a optimistic impression to others.”

Jimmy Watson covers Shreveport-Bossier space sports activities. E mail him at [email protected] and observe him on Twitter @JimmyWatson6.

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