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On his last legs in Denver
COLORADO — LenDale White has a message for those who may not believe he wants, deserves or knows what to do with what many consider his last chance.
Bring it on. “I want to play football, I want to be out here, I like to be out here, I like hitting pads,” White said. “I like meeting new guys. . . .
This is my love, this is my passion. I want to do this for the rest of my career. I’m going to stay away from everything negative.”
“I have to, as long I can play football.”
White, a Denver native who played at both South and Chatfield high schools, is facing up to a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, but he says he’s prepared to make the most of his chances over the next month.
The Broncos have basically told White he’s on a one-strike-and-you’re-out plan and has to stay on the straight and narrow to remain on the roster.
White’s career with the Tennessee Titans ended after he struggled with his weight, clashed with his position coach and had his work ethic publicly questioned.
He was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in April, where he was slated to play for Pete Carroll, his former coach at Southern California. The Seahawks cut White after being apprised of his impending suspension.
Since White, who admitted earlier this year to smoking marijuana while with the Titans, said Thursday he has been working out in Denver, preparing for what he hoped was a chance to resurrect his career.
“I’m happy to be here,” White said. “When you’re sitting on the sideline and you’re watching NFL Network and you get to see all your friends around the league play and stuff, you definitely get an itch.”
“Good thing I was working out. Coach (McDaniels) gave me a call and I was ready to go. I’m just really fortunate and I’m humble and I just thank God that I’m out here.”
White took the field during Wednesday night’s workout but didn’t participate beyond individual drills. Thursday, White took a handful of carries in team drills, including one in a red-zone drill when he moved the pile in the middle of the field.
“We’re rolling,” McDaniels said. “. . . We’re going to catch him up in terms of a terminology standpoint.”
If White shows enough over the course of the preseason â€” he can play in the team’s exhibition games despite the suspension â€” the Broncos could place him on reserve/suspended when they cut the roster to 53 players.
White then could be moved onto the roster when his suspension ends.
“I had other calls, but what’s better than to come home and play here,” White said. “My mom â€” she’s ecstatic, she cried, and my grandma, she would have loved it if she was still here. I’m glad I’m a Denver Bronco.
“I used to watch the games when John the Great was playing with Terrell Davis. Me and my grandma would sit there and watch every game faithfully. And she was like ‘One day you’re going to play for the Denver Broncos.’”
“Thank you, Grandma â€” rest in peace.”