INDIANAPOLIS --Wisconsin has churned out plenty of NFL running backs over the years with mixed results. Ron Dayne is seen as the posterchild for the school's disappointing pro backs, but New England's own James White helped out the Badger backs' legacy with his huge performance to lift the Patriots to Super Bowl LI victory.
Wisconsin's latest running back prospect is Corey Clement, a potential mid- or late-round pick in next month's draft. As he works through the Combine process, Clement was asked about his relationship with White, his teammate early in his career in Madison.
"I got a relationship with James White. I always talk to him as a friend," Clement said. "I don't like to approach anybody like, 'Oh, you're on the Patriots, let me talk to you some different way.' But me and James can have a friendly conversation without even talking about football."
And the former teammate was like so many Patriots fans watching White's efforts in Houston against the Falcons.
"I was definitely pumped. To see them come back like that was awesome," Clement said of New England's historic latest Super Bowl. "For James to even be the Super Bowl hero and to say I played with a guy like James White. That's once in a lifetime, basically."
Not that anyone reading this has forgotten, White had three touchdowns and a two-point conversion against Atlanta, earning him plenty of MVP chants from Patriots fans during New England's championship parade two days later in the streets of Boston.