It was a tough weekend on and off the field for the Patriots, but James White and a few of his Boston sports pals finally got to relax a bit on Monday night, all while helping out a good cause.
Despite all the controversy surrounding the NFL's reaction to President Donald Trump's remarks, that didn't stop White and company from coming out to Kings Bowl in Dedham for the Mayo Bowl fundraiser. Launched by former Patriots star Jerod Mayo in 2010, the annual charity event raises funds for Boston Medical Center in order to provide much needed health care for the city's youth.
The Super Bowl LI hero told Metro that he's excited to take over for Mayo as host for the bowl, and hopes to continue spreading positive vibes with the event.
"I have some big shoes to fill," White said. "I just want to do the best I can to keep it up and running and keep spreading positive change."
In addition to White and Mayo, the fundraiser also featured appearances by Needham native and Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman, former Red Sox pitcher Lenny DiNardo, ex-New England star Tedy Bruschi and more.
Although the evening was meant to raise funds and awareness for BMC, it was hard to avoid the ongoing feud between President Trump and athletes who take part in the national anthem protests. For White, who took a knee during Sunday's game at Gillette Stadium, taking part in an event like the Mayo Bowl shows how many members of the NFL go above and beyond for their communities.
"You can’t just talk about it. You got to go out there and try to make change as well," White said. "Guys do a lot of things for the community. Sometimes, they don’t broadcast it, but I think a lot of guys in the NFL do a great job and try to get involved, just trying to make positive change in the world anyway they can."