Falcons' Roddy White Owes Fan Season Tickets After Mercer Upsets Duke

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistMarch 21, 2014

Courtesy of Instagram/dhoyt77

No matter how confident you are, March Madness is a dangerous time to make a bet.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White learned that lesson the hard way.

Update: Thursday, August 7 at 10:48 a.m. ET

Roddy White did indeed pay up on the bet. Here's what he gave to Dylan Hoyt, the fan who took him up on a Twitter bet over the Mercer-Duke upset back in March, via Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: two Atlanta Falcons season tickets, two Super Bowl tickets, sideline passes to a home game and the chance to come to training camp one day as White’s guest.

Wednesday was the day Hoyt showed up to Falcons training camp:

Hoyt also reportedly met Julio Jones and Harry Douglas.

White talked about the bet, via Schultz: 

Never bet anything unless you’re willing to pay up.

I just thank everybody out there in the media for everything they did, for holding me responsible for my actions. I think it’s great. And people on Twitter, I love you all.

[h/t USA Today's FTW]

--End of Update--

Not many people could have predicted that No. 14 Mercer would be able to go into North Carolina and knock off No. 3 Duke in the second round of the 2014 NCAA tournament. White certainly didn't think there was much of a chance.

When a fan told the wideout that the Bears would upset the Blue Devils, White made a bold wager:

Mercer stunned the college basketball world Friday with a 78-71 victory over Duke.

White will indeed give the fan tickets, but the prize doesn't appear to be the same that was originally wagered:

UPDATE: Sunday, March 23, 11:37 a.m. ET

White explained early Sunday morning why he's not paying up on the bet:

The Fan said he doesn't expect anything from White:

[Roddy White, Twitter]