Two players with local South Florida roots helped the New England Patriots pull off a 25-point comeback to defeat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime at Super Bowl LI on Sunday night in Houston. Running back James White and quarterback Jacoby Brissett were on the Patriots roster.
White scored the winning touchdown to end the first overtime in Super Bowl history. He has not been the primary running back on any team going back to high school. White was a running back for St. Thomas Aquinas and won two FHSAA Class 5A state titles with them in 2007 and 2008. He landed at Wisconsin to play college football before being drafted by the Patriots in 2014. It was the second Super Bowl title for White.
Brissett was picked by the Patriots in the third round during the 2016 NFL Draft. He did start one game for New England during the early part of the regular season while Tom Brady was suspended. Brissett played for the Dwyer Panthers and led the school to the FHSAA Class 4A state championship in 2009. He played college football at Florida and North Carolina State.