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Randall Lee White (born January 15, 1953 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvaniamarker) is a former American football defensive lineman and linebacker. He attended the University of Marylandmarker from 1971 to 1974, and played professionally for the Dallas Cowboys from 1975 to 1988. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Famemarker, the Pro Football Hall of Famemarker and the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Famemarker. Randy is a spokesperson for Smokey Mountain Chew, which is a tobacco- and nicotine-free smokeless tobacco alternative.

College career

Randy was recruited by Maryland out of Thomas McKean High Schoolmarker in Wilmington, Delawaremarker and played as a fullback during his freshman year. While Maryland finished the year with only 2 wins, White did little worth noting during that year. During his sophomore season, new head coach Jerry Claiborne moved Randy to defensive end, noting that he had the skill to be "one of the best five linemen in the U.S." The move was a natural fit, as by his senior year, he was, as Claiborne put it, "as fast as some of the offensive backs I had coached." In that senior year (1974), he won numerous awards and honors, including the Outland Trophy, the Lombardi Award, and the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year. Though Maryland lost in the Liberty Bowl that season to Tennessee, Randy was named the game's Most Valuable Player. In 1994, he was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame and in 2000 was named to ABC sports All-time All-America Team.

Professional career

Drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1975, he was moved to middle linebacker, where he was a backup to Cowboy legend Lee Roy Jordan, playing mostly on special teams his first two seasons, including his rookie season when Dallas lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl X. Jordan retired following the 1976 season, and his slot was filled by Bob Breunig, who held the position the next nine seasons. During his third season (1977), White was moved to right defensive tackle, the same position formerly occupied by "Mr. Cowboy", Bob Lilly, from 1961 through 1974. That year would prove to be his breakout year; he was named to his first All-Pro team, his first Pro Bowl, and (on his 25th birthday) was named co-MVP of Super Bowl XII with teammate Harvey Martin, making him one of only seven defensive players to win that honor. He would continue that success, being named to nine consecutive All-Pro and Pro Bowl teams. He would retire in 1988 (coincidentally, also the last season on the sidelines for original Cowboys coach Tom Landry), having played 209 games in 14 seasons, only missing one game during that span. At the time of his retirement, he had played the second most of any Dallas Cowboy in history. During those 14 years, he played in three Super Bowls, six NFC Championship Games, and accumlated 1,104 tackles (701 solo) and 111 sacks. His highest single season sack total was 16 in 1978. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1994.

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References

  1. Vancil, Mark ed., ABC Sports College Football All-Time All-America Team. 2000, Hyperion Press ISBN 0-7868-6710-8
  2. College Football Hall of Fame Member Biography for Randy White. Retrieved December 5, 2006
  3. Pro Football Hall of Fame Member Biography for Randy White Retrieved January 16, 2007
  4. Pro Football Hall of Fame Member Biography for Randy White. Retrieved December 5, 2006
  5. About the Dallas Cowboys - Dallas Cowboys History - Page 2 Retrieved December 5, 2006
  6. TSN Presents - Football's 100 Greatest Players Retrieved December 5, 2006
  7. Karate/Kung Fu Illustrated, March 1987.
  8. Randy White's BBQ Randy White's Hall of Fame Barbeque Restaurant. Retrieved February 11, 2007


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