White ready to face childhood favorites...and spoil his own family's Sunday

November 9, 2017

As a young boy, Tre’Davious White loved the New Orleans Saints.  He especially loved their future Hall of Fame quarterback.

“I grew up a Drew Brees fan,” he said this week as he gets set to face one of his childhood favorites for the first time.  “I’ve always been a Saints fan my whole life, so to go up against him is going to be a big deal, and I’m ready.”

White, who grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana, was just six years old when Brees entered the NFL with the San Diego Chargers.  Yet here he is, seventeen years later, having the task of trying to stop the third leading passer in NFL history when the 6-2 Saints visit Orchard Park Sunday.

“I was hoping once I got to the NFL that he’d be retired by then because he’s lighting people up,” the Bills first round pick said.  “But, yeah, Hall of Fame guy, he’s going to be first ballot.  It’s a tremendous challenge for us this weekend, so obviously we know what’s at stake and we’ve got to defend our dirt.”

At 38 years old, Brees has shown no signs of slowing down.  He leads the league with a 71.6 completion percentage, is third in the NFL with a QB rating of 105, has a 13/4 TD-to-interception ratio, and has the Saints riding a six-game winning streak.  

White knows how special of a player Brees is on the field, but is also quick to recognize how much he means to the New Orleans community, which is a big part of where his admiration comes from.

“That was the guy that, after we went through Katrina in Louisiana, to bring us a Super Bowl,” he said.  “That was a big deal.”

White is putting together an impressive rookie campaign.  Several analysts and sites have placed him on their mid-season All-Rookie team.  He was named the AFC Defensive Rookie of the Month back in September.  But none of those accolades mean anything when he steps on the field Sunday for the 5-3 Bills, who are looking to bounce back from a 34-21 loss to the New York Jets last Thursday night.  Once the game kicks off, it’s all about slowing down Brees and the Saints offense.

“Our coaches and everybody knows what this guy can do,” he said.  “He can light it up.  And I obviously know that just from watching him over the years.  So they don’t really have to tell me.  I know.”

White is a Louisiana kid through and through.  Not only did he grow up in the state, he also played his college football at LSU, just 82 miles down the road from the Superdome.  He says his whole family is Saints fans and have been their whole lives.

But, I ask, they’ll obviously turn their black and gold allegiances to red, white, and blue, just for this week, right?  Not so fast, said White.  

"I’m going to be completely honest with you," he said.  "My family would want me to do well, but I guarantee you I got family that’s back in Louisiana with Saints jerseys on.”

So will he do whatever he can to spoil their Sunday?

“Oh, most definitely,” he said with authority.  Then he followed it up with another “definitely,” with a strong emphasis on the first syllable - just so he was clear.

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