It's official - I have a man crush on Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White.
I already knew he was really good at what he does, and now that White is the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL, we have validation. But the more I learn about White as a person, the more impressed I am.
I watched the 26-plus-minute Zoom conference call White did with the media on Monday and couldn't help getting choked up as he talked about the new contract and the impact it would have on his family and friends.
White was getting life-changing money that would allow his parents to retire and would give the fourth-year pro the chance to create a business that would give friends a good job.
White recounted his decision to return to LSU for his senior year, even though he knew he would be drafted as a junior and NFL money was headed his way. White said he wasn't mentally ready for the NFL and needed another year in college to improve his film study among other things.
He also talked about how much it meant to get a college degree, the first in his family to do so. White also wanted to send a message to kids in his hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana that it isn't just about money. He wanted to show them the importance of having a college degree because football won't last forever. Pretty heady stuff for someone in their early 20's.
That is an awful lot for one person to have on their plate. Help out family and friends financially, inspire young kids and give them hope that they can make it out of a tough neighborhood and/or upbringing and, by the way, work at your trade enough to become one of the best in your business. White has done all of that by age 25.
Full marks to general manager Brandon Beane and the organization for keeping one of their best players. We have seen other top-level cornerbacks leave over the years when the Bills opted not to pay them (Antoine Winfield, Nate Clements, Stephon Gilmore), but White is now under contract through the 2025 season.
While White is currently the highest-paid corner in the league, Beane probably saved the Pegulas some money by getting this done before some other top corners like Jalen Ramsey, Marshon Lattimore and Marlon Humphrey get their next deal.
Beane went into the offseason facing three big contract extensions, and two of those three are now complete as White joined left tackle Dion Dawkins. It remains to be seen if the Bills will have the cap space to get an extension with linebacker Matt Milano, who is going into the final year of his contract.
In the meantime, it looks like I'll have to get some "Tre White Goalie Academy" clothing.