Dion Lewis

Super Bowl hero James White has a history of coming up big

James White was not the New England Patriots' featured running back when Super Bowl 51 started.

As White has proven before, that was irrelevant.

In 2009, White was a senior at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was a starter for the perennial state and national powerhouse but wasn't considered the go-to ball carrier. That role was held by Giovanni Bernard, now of the Cincinnati Bengals.

"Gio was more the tailback, and a lot of times we changed our sets so we could use both of them," said St. Thomas Aquinas athletic director George Smith, the school's football coach when White was a senior. "But when Gio was hurt in his senior...