According to our sources, former NFL player William White passed away at the age of 56 after a long battle with ALS. White played 11 seasons in the league. While at Ohio State, White was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft.
A former teammate of William White’s, Lions special assistant to president/CEO Chris Spielman said of White: “I loved him. On and off the field, we shared our joys and sorrows. He was, and always will be, a sibling of mine.
His presence at Ford Field last year during the Pride of the Lions ceremony was priceless, and I will be eternally grateful. I eagerly anticipate the day when he will be free of the effects of ALS. In his NFL career, White had a career-high five interceptions in 1990 with the Lions. It was the Kansas City Chiefs where he played for three seasons, and it was the Atlanta Falcons where he played for the final two seasons.
Last season, White played in Super Bowl XXXIII with the Falcons after helping them win the NFC championship. After a 20-18 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC divisional playoff, White intercepted two passes from Steve Young in the fourth quarter.
Among those who paid tribute to White were Kirk Herbstreit, a former Ohio State quarterback who tweeted that White battled his illness with “uncommon valor.” In addition to his wife Nikol and children William Jr., Brendon, and Brea, White leaves behind a slew of loved ones. While at Ohio State, Brendon played safety before transferring to Rutgers.
There are no regrets for White about his time as an Ohio State football player, according to Eleven Warriors, an independent Ohio State football site, in 2018. “Maybe it has something to do with it, but hey, it doesn’t matter,” he said.
For me, it was fun to play the game and smack people in the face. Even with this in mind, however, I would have continued to do so.” “I’m not allowed to say that now, but hey, that’s why God made sure I was born in ’66 instead of ’86,” White quipped with a smile.