Who Needs Revenge When You've Got Class?

Tre'Davious White

Tre'Davious White

Tre'Davious White of the Buffalo Bills. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- How about a hat tip today for Tre’Davious White, a badly-needed role model for how adults can and should rise above the revenge instinct.

Who is Tre’Davious White?

Remember the Patriots game in Buffalo earlier this month where Rob Gronkowski got frustrated with his treatment by the referees and took it out on White, the cornerback guarding him, by giving him a forearm shiver to the head after he was already down on the ground?

At the time, White was understandably furious. “He could have broke my neck,” he said, noting: “I got a son to raise.”

As he should have, Gronkowski immediately apologized, and served his one-game suspension by the league.

But ever since then there’s been plenty of idle talk about how White and the Bills would be out for revenge on Gronk this coming Sunday when they play the Pats again in Foxboro.

It looks like you can forget about that now.

White went on the radio yesterday and made it clear his intelligence and common sense have kicked in. “I knew that he wasn’t that type of player,” he said of Gronkowski. “I’m going to play the game the way it’s supposed to be played and respect the game…. going in there and winning would be the best revenge.”

I certainly hope that doesn’t happen, but I commend White for showing maturity here.

Instead of dwelling on Gronkowski’s disrespectful blunder, he is being the bigger man and staying focused on his real goals, not the cheap buzz of payback.

If only there were more like Tre’Davious White in sports, politics, pick your profession.

If there’s anything we need more of these days, it’s class.

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