James White celebrates son's birthday with touching tribute to his father

Liz Roscher
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James White’s young son, Xzavier, turned one on Tuesday. The New England Patriots running back found a beautiful way to wish him a happy birthday while also paying tribute to his late father, Tyrone, who was tragically killed in a car crash on Sunday. White’s mother, Lisa, was also critically injured in the crash.

White shared a picture of Tyrone holding him when he was a baby, and a picture of himself holding little Xzavier.

Happy 1st birthday Xzavier! I hope I can be as good of a father to you as my father was to my brother and I! I still can’t quite process everything that’s going on right now but when I look at you, you give me life! May you Rest In Peace Dad, we miss you much already. ❤️

NFL players share their condolences

White was inactive on Sunday after he found out the news, but his fellow NFL players were there for him.

It wasn’t just his teammates and fellow football players who lent White their support, but also his competition. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson tweeted this before he played against the Patriots on Sunday.

After the game, Wilson shared more words of support for White.

“My heart’s heavy because one of my teammates, James White, from Wisconsin, one of the nicest guys, teammates, one of the hardest workers, one of the best people I know, had a tough one,” Wilson said to NBC’s Michele Tafoya. “My heart’s been heavy all day thinking about him. ... James, I’m praying for you man if you can hear me.”

James White bows his head before an NFL game.
New England Patriots running back James White lost his father in a car crash on Sunday. White paid tribute to him during a special birthday message for his son. (David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)

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