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Athlete Number 54 - Randy White


Randy White was drafted No.2 overall by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1975 NFL Draft, formerly a product of the University of Maryland. At Maryland, Randy earned distinctions as a Consensus All-American, the ACC Player of the Year and won the Outland Trophy as well as the coveted Lombardi Trophy. As a highly sought after draft pick, the Cowboys struck gold with this beast from the east in the first round. What set White apart from his teammates was not his ability to make big plays, but his durability, intelligence and toughness (White missed only one game in 14 seasons). In his regular season career, White was credited with 1,104 tackles, 701 solo tackles and 111 sacks.

NFL Highlights:
• Selected for the Pro Bowl Nine Times
• Named All-Pro Eight Times
• Named Super Bowl Co-MVP (XII)
• NFC Defensive Player of the Year (1978)
• NFL Defensive Lineman of the Year (1982)
• Won One Super Bowl Title (XII)
• Won three NFC Titles
• Won Five Division Titles
• Inducted into the Dallas Cowboy's Ring of Honor (1994)
• Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1994)

Best Season: Randy White's best season was probably in 1978 when he recorded 123 tackles and 16 sacks.
Best Nickname of all time: Manster (half man, half monster)
Did you know......that Randy started out as a linebacker his first two seasons before being moved to defensive tackle, where he spent the remainder of his career?
(photo courtesy of students.stedwards.edu)

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9 comments:

  1. Anonymous8:24 PM

    Great pick, I was thinking Urlacher, but after reading this...I'm thinking he wasn't the popular choice - but the right one.

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  2. Indeed the right pick. Randy would toss offensive lineman to the side as if they were not even there. He was double or triple teamed nearly on every play and still earned the posted accolades. Opposing teams planned their offense on how to handle him. He was really something.

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  3. Ever wonder why he wore 54, well its because he was supposed to play linebacker but couldnt and since he was such a good player they had to find a place for him to play which ended up in the d-line. His idol was a linebacker in Houston ( #54 ) Gregg Bingham who is the league`s all-time leading tackler

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  4. Anonymous4:17 PM

    nonononono! This man is amazing but I HAVE to go with Goose

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  5. Thank you! Even though I'm a Giants fan, I had huge respect for White. I was afraid this was going to go to Urlacher, by far the most overrated defensive player in the current NFL.

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  6. Anonymous10:08 PM

    White is the best pick with out a doubt, but Urlacher and Zach Thomas should be tied for 2nd.

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  7. Anonymous2:52 PM

    For me, it has to be Chris Spielman.

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  8. Spielman is a worthy nomination. Tremendous guy from what I understand.

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  9. Anonymous11:38 PM

    Teddy Bruschi. He had a stroke mid game and kept playing. And went to 4 super bowls.

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