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Roddy White cheering from afar as son competes in youth world series

Outspoken Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White didn't hesitate when asked which sport he wants his son, Lamar, to play: football or baseball.

``I just want my son to be successful at whatever he chooses to do in life,'' White said, ``but everybody knows baseball is the way to go -- fully-guaranteed contracts.''

For now, White is content rooting for a two-sport athlete.

Lamar, who plays quarterback in football, is an outfielder for Taylorville out of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which started play in the Dixie Youth AA World Series Tuesday in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Taylorville, a group of 7- and 8-year-old all-stars, represents the state of Alabama and defeated Louisiana 11-6 and North Myrtle Beach 15-0 in its first two games.

The Falcons' training camp schedule won't allow White to attend the national coach-pitch tournament. However, he plans to watch as many games as possible through live streaming on the Dixie Youth website.

He was there when Lamar (No. 21) and Taylorville won the state title last month.

Taylorville coach Tim Dreyfus raved about what Lamar brings to the team.

``The whole teams loves him,'' Dreyfus said. ``He's a left-handed batter with amazing speed. He's also a great teammate and is very coachable.''

Taylorville will compete against 11 other state champions and has six teams in its pool. Play was pushed back a day due to a Monday rainout, meaning the championship is scheduled for Friday.

``The odds will be tough,'' Dreyfus said of Alabama winning the title. ``Hopefully we can make a few plays, and we will be confident.''

No matter the end result, White has reason to celebrate.

``I am very proud,'' he said ``It's my son. Nothing compares to it. It's the best feeling in the world.''