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Former LSU and current Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White (27) battles New England tight end Rob Gronkowski for a pass during Sunday's game. Gronkowski made the reception, but White, who had five tackles, later came up with his third interception of his rookie season on a pass intended for Gronkowski. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus) ORG XMIT: NYJC11

Adrian Kraus

MINNEAPOLIS — Former LSU cornerback Tre'Davious White spent all season watching close friend Marshon Lattimore turn in a Pro Bowl year for the Saints, a campaign that was bittersweet because it ended up keeping White from winning Defensive Rookie of the Year on Saturday at the NFL Honors awards show.

White, who finished the season with four interceptions and 18 pass breakups for the Buffalo Bills, knew it might be coming since Lattimore was the clear favorite.

But being one of three finalists for the award, along with T.J. Watt, will inspire White to do more.

"It's a humbling thing," White said. "I feel like it will just make me more hungry to continue to get better and better each and every year. I feel like it's not about where you are right now, it's where you'll be 10 years from now."

White knows he's only the latest in a long line of LSU cornerbacks who've made an impact on the NFL level.

Jalen Mills will start for the Eagles in Super Bowl LII on Sunday, Tyrann Mathieu has become a devastating weapon in Arizona, Morris Claiborne has been solid for Dallas and the Jets, and seven-time Pro Bowler Patrick Peterson was on the red carpet right behind him.

"Seeing this guy here, he set the standard, and then guys after that," White said. "It's just a tradition that we have, and something that takes seriously. We try to do whatever we can to keep that thing alive."

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