WMBD/WYZZ-TV - NORMAL, Ill. -- There isn't much down time for Cody White.
Just weeks after his first year in the NFL ends. he's back in the weight room thinking about next season.
"The moment you relax, that's when you're gone," said White. "I'm still trying to make the team everyday."
An undrafted free agent, White was first signed to the Houston Texans practice squad. But six weeks into the season, the offensive lineman was put on the Texans' 53-man roster, although he wasn't active for any games.
The former Illinois State tight end spent the season living a dream.
"It's been a goal of mine since whenever I can remember, up watching Monday Night Football,"' said White. "It was definitely a dream and goal."
Now White is preparing to watch the Super Bowl with mixed emotions. When his team was 8-1, he thought he might be in New Orleans.
Instead, he'll watch two teams his Texans beat in 2012. Houston beat San Francisco in the exhibtion season, Baltimore in the regular season.
"It's heartbreaking that we're not playing in that game but hopefully this is a learning experience, another step in the process," said White. "It's pretty cool to say you played both teams in the Super Bowl."
He's gone from Normal West High School to the NFL. And Cody White would like to stay there awhile.
"I've been fortunate to get a taste of that, said White. "And it makes me hungrier."