Updated Dec 16, 2010 - 9:05 am
WR Roddy White credits success to former coach Jim Mora
By Liz Mathews
Atlanta Falcons' wide receiver Roddy White (above) has 99 catches on the year and counting.
"I just think they're trying to find different ways to get me the ball," White said via conference call Wednesday morning with the Seattle media.
A first round pick by the Falcons in the 2005 draft, White came dangerously close to losing his job. Known more for his off-the-field antics than his on-the-field play, White became synonymous with dropped balls.
"He's (Matt Ryan ) done a good job of just giving me the ball in good spaces. You've still got to go out there and catch the ball and that's the biggest thing this year.
"I limited a lot of my dropped passes that I had in previous years and just held on to a lot more balls and things like that."
White now leads the league in receiving with 1,219 yards on the season. He became the first receiver in franchise history with at least 80 catches and 1,100 yards in three consecutive years, from 2007-2009.
He also credits former Seahawks' head coach Jim Mora for his success.
"Mora was my guy," White said. "Obviously, he drafted me. When he was here, he was great. He did a lot of things for me, especially off the field and helping me get through a lot of my situations and my problems that I had off the field. The toughest part is when I did start excelling and stuff like that, then he wasn't here. That was the toughest part for me because he kind of helped me reach my climax and the day that they got rid of him, I was kind of upset because he had worked with me the entire time and he kept faith in me and believed in me the whole entire time.
"He's a big influence on my career and all the things that he's done and helped me with so I just appreciate what he's done for me."
But all in all, White's secret to turning around his career is really quite simple: "Just catch a lot of balls," he said.
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