1.) James White
In the Super Bowl, sometimes it isn’t always the star players that shine the brightest on the biggest stage. While Brady had a monster game for the Patriots in the comeback win, running back James White was arguably the best player on offense for the Patriots.
Despite barely playing against the Houston Texans and Pittsburgh Steelers, White had a historic game in Super Bowl LI. In the win, White totaled a new Super Bowl record with 14 receptions. During the season, White had been a good receiver for the Patriots. However, he certainly lost some playing time when Dion Lewis returned from injury.
White’s 110 receiving yards led all players on the Patriots, as not too many people would have predicted that. In addition to the great day catching the football, White also was the most effective runner on the ground for the Patriots.
One of the reasons for the slow start for New England was that they weren’t able to get LeGarrette Blount going on the ground. The Falcons’ defense had a lot of success stopping Blount, as he averaged just 2.8 yards per carry. On the other hand, White was able to average 4.8 yards per carry, and he also ran for two touchdowns. Even though Tom Brady won the Super Bowl MVP award, he admitted that White was more deserving.