A trade to the Seattle Seahawks was supposed to reunite LenDale White with his former coach at USC, Pete Carroll. Instead, the Seahawks cut the beleaguered running back in May. White hasn’t landed on his feet yet, and a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s Substance Abuse Policy surely isn’t helping matters.
Now White, who ran for more than 2,300 yards and 24 touchdowns in four seasons with the Tennessee Titans, is simply left to wait by his phone until somebody calls. Perhaps it will ring in time for training camp. Maybe it will when a team suffers an injury. Or could White’s NFL career possibly be over?
LenDale White joined Petros and Money on Fox Sports Radio to discuss his departure from Seattle, what he’s hoping to happen next and the turbulence surrounding Reggie Bush and the football program during his time at USC.
On why things didn’t work out in Seattle:
“It is what it is. Obviously it wasn’t the best situation for me. We had to split ways and it is what it is. Now I’m just working out and working harder, trying to become a better player every day.”
On what’s next:
“I’ve just got to keep working out, keep grinding and stay out of the way. That’s all I’m doing right now, working on my craft, trying to be the best player I can be. When a team does give me a call, whenever they do, be in the best shape I can possibly be in and go over there and play football and win everybody’s trust.”
On whether a call will come in time for training camp:
“It just depends. You never know what’s going on. They can tell you in a month, two months, bring you in for training camp. It all just depends on what’s going on with the teams and what their needs will be at the time. I’m just looking forward to the opportunity. Whoever gives me an opportunity definitely won’t regret putting me on their team.”
On whether he was aware of what was going on with Reggie Bush during their time at USC:
“The environment was like a normal college campus environment. I don’t know what the situation was. Reggie walked to school with us, went to class with us, always went to school. I guess we really didn’t get into each other’s personal lives like that. I think Reggie is one of the best players that I’ve ever played with and everything he did on the field, he … deserves. … He still did all those things and made all those plays. I really don’t know all the info of what went on. … I don’t know all the facts and I don’t care to know all the facts.”
On USC taking away Bush’s Heisman Trophy:
“Reggie’s good. I’ve talked to him. I guess he’s just more sad or hurt that they would paint him in a bad way and they’re trying to put that on him and I agree with him. Like I said, I don’t know all the facts, but you still can’t take away what this guy did on the field.”
On whether he’s received calls from teams in other football leagues:
“I haven’t got any calls from [the CFL or UFL]. Nobody’s called me, but I’m preparing to play in the NFL and that’s what I’m going to keep continuing to work on. That’s the highest league that we have. I’m not taking any shots or disrespecting any other leagues, but it’s the National Football League that everybody wants to play in. I’m preparing to play for a team this year in the NFL.”