ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WROC) — Tre’Davious White teared up while talking to media Monday about his record-breaking four-year contract extension. You can watch the full press conference above. White, reportedly, will make nearly $70 million over the final four years of the deal, making it the most lucrative contract ever signed by an NFL cornerback. His $55 million guaranteed is also the most ever given to a cornerback.
White said for the first time in his career, after working so hard, he was able to reflect on all that he had accomplished.
“[On Saturday] I said ‘Dad, I never for once just sat down and thought and looked at all of the things that I’ve been able to accomplish, with the help of so many people from the start,'” says White.
“I never took the time to reflect. I was like ‘Dad, at the age of 25 and only three years of playing in the league, no matter what, however long it lasts, I can honestly say that I was the highest-paid cornerback in NFL history,'” says White.
White says that his rookie deal was for him. This deal will be a life-changer for his family and everyone who helped him on the way up.
“My dad, he’s been crying for the last two days. I’ve been the same way. I just honestly can’t put into words how thankful and how blessed that I am to be in this position,” says White. “I was able to finally call my parents, on a three-way call, I told them ‘I never told you guys this after I got drafted, but we did it.'”
“I can retire my parents and they’ll never have to worry about anything. It’s a lot of people in my family that are hurting. I plan to lighten that burden on them. We’re going to do it together. With this contract, it’s not about me because I’ve been good off the first one,” White adds. “I have a lot of people and a lot of family members that I could change their lives and that’s what I plan to do.”
Not only is White providing financial security for his family, he’s providing hope for his hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana.
White went to Green Oaks high school and won 11 games during his four years there. After middle school, he was recruited by academies and private schools. However, he had a “bigger mindset” and wanted to prove that you could make it while staying home.
“I wanted to show them that you didn’t have to go across the town or to another city to be successful. I wanted to show them that if you go to the neighborhood school and you have the right mindset and you continue to be resilient that you can make it out of anything,” says White. “Honestly, I don’t think that the people where I’m from, they didn’t really think that they could really do it until they saw what I signed for the other day. That gave my whole city hope, my whole neighborhood hope.”
“Them knowing me personally, to see me do it. To say that a person from my high school is in the NFL and he’s doing it the way it’s supposed to be done. I think that those kids where I’m from, they can see that. I wanted to be the person to give hope and I believe that and I really hope that they see me and they see that they can really do it.”
“I felt like God put me here, to do this, to do this this way. This was my path,” says White. “I wanted to be a motivating factor for where I’m from.”
“It’s so much bigger than just playing a game. I think that my whole message was that I wanted to break a cycle of what kids thought. The mindset, what they thought, what they should be thinking about, what life should be about.”
White has signed a record-breaking contract, changed the lives of his family members, and given hope to his community.
So now what motivates him?
“Why not be the best 27 to put on the red, white, and blue for the Buffalo Bills? Why not be on the first team to win a Super Bowl for the Buffalo Bills?” he says. “I’ve accomplished a lot in my short career, but I have a lot more things that need to be done before I just hang them up.”
One thing is for sure. Even if he accomplishes those lofty goals, White will be remembered for far more than just being a football player.