Podcast blog: Roddy White dishes on Falcons, Super Bowl, blackjack

It would help the Falcons' offense if offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterback Matt Ryan could get Roddy White (left) more involved in the game plan. (Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com)

Julio Jones (right) was going to hook up his close friend and former teammate Roddy White with Super Bowl tickets but White stayed back in Las Vegas after a bad night at the blackjack table. (Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com)

We had Roddy White on the “We Never Played The Game” podcast. Let me rephrase that: He had us.

If there’s one thing WSB’s Zach Klein and I have learned from more than a decade of interviewing White when he played for the Falcons, it’s that you never what the man is going to say. But he’s never going to be shy about expressing his opinions and he’s always going to be entertaining.

Tuesday was no exception. White spoke for more than an hour on a variety of topics, including his five children, his career, his exit from the Falcons, his near signing with the New England Patriots, his decision to say no to a few non-contenders who made overtures (Minnesota, Tennessee, Tampa Bay) and, of course, the Falcons’ recent Super Bowl loss.

White had tickets waiting for him, but he decided not to go to the game. Why? Because he dropped a bundle playing blackjack in Las Vegas the night before the game, so he canceled plans to take a private jet with friends to Houston.

He shared some great Las Vegas stories and gave his thoughts on Shanahan’s late-game offensive plays calls that effectively opened the door to the Falcons losing the game.

The audio link to the podcast is here:

The link to full column on the interview is linked here on MyAJC.com.

White on what he would have done if he was playing for the Falcons when Shanahan sent in a high-risk pass play with the Falcons already in field goal range against New England: “I told Julio (Jones) I would’ve jumped offsides.”

Yeah, that’s enough of a tease.

Enjoy the rest. And remember, all episodes of the, “We Never Played the Game” podcast can be downloaded for free here on our iTunes showpage. Subscribe for them to be automatically delivered to your inbox.

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2 comments
JB Falcon
JB Falcon

Jeff, Having the podcast sound start immediately, without notice, is very unsportsmanlike, for lack of a better word. Let the reader listen, if he chooses, instead of disrupting a very quite office.

Thanks!

TOJacket
TOJacket

Roddy must have had the same dealer "Clark Griswold" had in Vegas.