Roddy White upset that alma mater UAB shutting down football program

When he learned that the University of Alabama-Birmingham is shutting down its football program, it upset one of the school's most prominent alumni: Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White.

He released a statement expressing his disappointment.

“I would like to begin by saying that the University of Alabama-Birmingham and their football program provided me an opportunity and many others the opportunity to further our education while continuing to play the game of football," White said. "UAB was the school that gave me a chance to play college football and ultimately provided me an opportunity to play in the NFL. I am hurting for those kids that were members of that UAB football team. I am hurting for those coaches that did a great job of getting the team bowl eligible this year, and I am hurting for the UAB community.

"The football program was a big part of that community, and the people in that area made great impacts on the lives of those young men, including myself. I know those players are going through a lot of emotions right now, but I want them to know that you have an opportunity to continue playing college football and continue to work towards your degree. Do not allow this decision to derail your dreams. Again, I am appreciative of my time and experience at UAB, but I am saddened that there will no longer be football there.”

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.