French Rushing Champion Returns To Nice Dauphins

The Nice Dauphins, 2016 French championship finalists, have re-signed their key weapon from the past season, running back Rondell White.

White was a key element in the Dauphins drive to the French championship game in 2016 where they lost to the St. Ouen Cougars 28-17. Nice relied on White heavily during the season and he did not disappoint. The 5’11” 190 lb running back who played his college football at West Chester University, averaged 214 yards rushing per game for the Dauphins in 2016 while scoring 12 touchdowns in the regular season and another four in the playoffs including two in the title game.

White joins former West Chester teammate Eddie Elliot who also signed with the Dauphins, giving Nice a formidable offensive duo.

American Football International caught up with Rondell to get his thoughts on returning to the Dauphins and France and playing with Eddie Elliot again.

American Football International: Why did you re-sign with the team in Nice?

Rondell White: I re-signed with the Dauphins because I want to win a championship with my teammates. Over last season I met a great group of teammates and with the addition of my old West Chester teammate Eddie Elliot I think we have a better chance to succeed in doing that.

AFI: How much did you know about American football in France or Europe before this past season?
White: Well I’ve always known football to be popular all over the world so I wasn’t really about the French playing as well.


AFI: What are you looking forward to most about playing in France?
White: This year I’m looking forward to winning a championship for the city of Nice. For the people I’ve met they were nothing but kind and considerate. So to give back and win this season would be my goal completed.

AFI: What are your goals with the club after such success?
White: Like I said our goal is to win the French championship but also we will be competing in the Euro cup this season so that’s another goal is to win that as well. Also I would like to help out the younger kids and educate them on the game.

AFI:  What has been your favorite food in Europe?
White: It’s hard to pick out a favorite food because a lot of things I ate were really good I enjoyed it all even the desserts were delicious.

AFI: Have you had a chance to travel and where have you visited?
White: Last season a couple teammates and I may our way over to Italy the northern part and we also went to Monte Carlo as well.

AFI: What are your thoughts about football in Europe?

White: Football in Europe is great, the competition is good as well. Players are all getting better in France making the league that much better to play in.

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