Patriots, Tom Brady voice support for James White after parents' car crash

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New England Patriots running back James White was announced inactive for Sunday’s game, and the reason was truly awful.

White’s parents were reportedly in a car crash earlier Sunday. His father, Tyrone, did not survive. His mother is reportedly in critical condition.

White understandably wasn’t able to play against the Seattle Seahawks after being given the news, but his presence was still felt early in the game.

James White’s current and former teammates rally around RB

Patriots safety Devin McCourty opened Sunday Night Football with a pick six, and immediately ran to the end zone camera to send a message.

“2-8, we love you bro,” McCourty said, referring to White’s jersey number.

Russell Wilson, the Patriots’ opponent on Sunday, also sent out a tweet of support to White before the game. The two were college teammates at Wisconsin.

After the game, a 35-30 Seahawks win, Wilson specifically shouted out White.

“My heart’s heavy because one of my teammates, James White, from Wisconsin, one of the nicest guys, teammates, one of the hardest workers, one of the best people I know, had a tough one,” Wilson said to NBC’s Michele Tafoya. “My heart’s been heavy all day thinking about him ... James, I’m praying for you man if you can hear me.”

Many more of White’s former teammates in New England and Wisconsin, plus some other NFL players, took to Twitter to support White. Former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was particularly effusive about a running back who caught many of his passes in the last six years.

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