Today's edition of the digest features a pair of NFL draftees who also earned Academic All-Big Ten honors. We'll start with a trip to the era of Earle, and meet defensive back William White. He roamed the Buckeyes' defensive backfield from 1984-1987, serving as a team captain in his senior campaign. He also earned All-Big Ten honors that year, and was an academic all-conference selection in 1985.
White holds a couple of school records, including a tie for the most interceptions in a game, picking off 3 passes in what became a turnover fest of a 1987 season opener vs. West Virginia (the Buckeyes won in a romp, 24-3). Another fan forum also claims he holds a tie for the most interceptions returned for a touchdown, though I have not been able to confirm that independently.
Notching 16 career interceptions, White was known as a hard hitting back, and was selected in the fourth round of the 1988 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions, spending 11 seasons in the league (six in Detroit, three in Kansas City and two in Atlanta). He started in 131 of 170 games played, recording a whopping 672 tackles. He also returned two fumbles for touchdowns, and returned one of his 20 career INTs for a score.
Nearly 15 years after White played his last down of Buckeye football, another hard-hitting DB took up his mantle. Dustin Fox arrived at Ohio State in time to take part in the 2002 BCS Championship campaign, and was one of the vaunted Silver Bullets from 2001-2004. An Academic All-Big Ten selection three of those years, Fox was a team captain in his last year of collegiate play.
Fox Played in 47 games with 37 starts, including 28 as a cornerback. He was second-team All-Big Ten in 2004, and recorded seven career interceptions and 217 tackles. He sufficiently impressed NFL scouts, and was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. His NFL days were short-lived: he spent just a year with the Vikes, fracturing his radius during training camp. He was on and off active rosters and practice squads throughout the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
Today, Fox is a successful broadcaster in Cleveland, serving as college football analyst for WEWS-TV, radio host for local sports radio station WKRK-FM 92.3 The Fan, and a color analyst for home radio broadcasts of the Cleveland Gladiators arena football team. ElevenWarriors caught up with him last fall to talk about his life as a Buckeye and since.
And that'll do it for today's installment of the countdown. If you've missed it so far, here is the archive of the series for your reading/viewing enjoyment:
- Seven weeks to go: Days 50, 49, 48, 47, 46, 45, 44 and 43.
- Six weeks to go: Days 42, 41, 40, 39 and 38.