Roddy White finally pays up on Duke bet: season tickets, Super Bowl for Falcons fan

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White (84) makes a touch-down catch against Carolina Panthers strong safety Quintin Mikell (27) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

A bet's a bet.

So Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White is paying up, even after some initial resistance. White and Twitter follower Dylan Hoyt had a back and forth last week after White told Boyd that he would give him Falcons season tickets on the 50-yard line if Duke lost to Mercer in the NCAA tournament.

Uh, Duke later lost to Mercer. White, however, went into full backpedal — he said he'd offer Boyd tickets to a single game. A mini-Twitter tumult followed.

But White has manned up, giving Boyd the Falcons season tickets, and even has thrown in a cherry on top: two Super Bowl tickets, plus sideline passes to a Falcons game and a day at Whtie's camp as his personal guest.

At least we think White is ponying up. He tweeted this out to Boyd, which elicited this response ...

... before White deleted the original email.

Still, it appears White will back it up. He explained to ESPN that he was a man of his word.

"I'm a man of integrity and definitely a man of my word, and the kid is a great kid," White told "We have talked about it for days while people were just speculating. And being a father, you have to be responsible for your actions. I have always been a 'say what you do and do what you say' type of guy. And I wanted to add some incentives because he was so cool."

Lesson learned: If you're a fan, make outrageous bets with pro athletes. No one will care if you lose, but they'll crush them on social media for the converse.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!