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...