Although Finneran immediately noticed White's undeniable talent, he also knew the young athlete's mindset needed correcting. One day, to help push his teammate in the right direction, Finneran — then nearing retirement — bet White he wouldn't last a decade in the league ... "It was me trying to give him that drive," said Finneran, "because deep down I knew he could do it. To be here from Day 1 with Roddy and to see the way he was — which wasn't great — and to see the leader and player he's become has been pretty special. I'm really proud of what he's done."
If you follow Finneran on Twitter, then you know what a close eye he keeps on the Falcons. He takes pride in their successes and he takes issue with their failures.
Would Roddy be Roddy if it weren't for Finneran? Probably. But when you look at Finneran's obvious influence on Roddy, you can't help but be grateful. In turn, Roddy has mentored Julio Jones, who will likely mentor Justin Hardy and other future Falcons WRs. It's a Falcons circle of life, if you will. Beautiful. Just beautiful.