37 days separate us from Ohio State's first game of the 2018 season against Oregon State. Below, you will find a list of the 30 players who have worn the No. 37 for the Buckeyes. Today's featured players are William White and Dustin Fox.
White's career after football is arguably more successful and rewarding than his time between the lines. That is saying a lot because he was a great player at Ohio State and played in the NFL for 11 seasons.
|PLAYER||WORN||B1G MVP||TEAM MVP||AA||CAPT.||1R NFL||ALL B1G||AC AA||NFL DRAFT||AC B1G||LETTER|
|Claude White||1938, 1940||1941||1938, 1940|
|Dustin Fox||2001-04||2004||2005||2002, 2003, 2004||2001-04|
*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 37
William White, S (1984-87)
Born: 1966 (Lima)
High School: Lima
The Buckeyes were 34-13-1 with White on the team.
1984 Big Ten Title.
1986 Big Ten Title.
1985 Defeated BYU 10-7 in the Citrus Bowl.
1987 Defeated Texas A&M 28-12 in the Cotton Bowl.
Went 2-2 against That Team.
1988 Dr. St. Pierre Award from the Metallurgical Department.
1987 All-Big Ten.
1987 Cotton Bowl Scholar Athlete.
1985 Academic All-Big Ten.
White's career per The Ohio State Team Guide:
5-10, 192...from Lima, Ohio...Has played in 35 games the past three years and has 35 starts...has a total of 981 career minutes for the Buckeyes...an ankle injury last year forced him to miss both the Purdue and Minnesota games...has 11 career interceptions and 137 tackles...consistently grades high in the coaches' evaluation charts...steady and dependable...an honor student in college studying mechanical engineering.
A two way player at Lima Senior High, he ran for 1,444 yards and scored 14 touchdowns his senior year...also played point guard on the Lima basketball team...hobbies are music and basketball...elected defensive captain of the 1987 Buckeyes.
William White's Ohio State and NFL career per his Lima Hall of Fame Induction Program:
After graduation from Lima Senior, William White entered the Ohio State University on a football scholarship. He not only played immediately but earned a place on the first string his freshman year. He retained that starting position as a defensive back all four years and kept up his scholastic efforts as well.
William was on the Academic All Big Ten Team in 1986 and 1987. In those two years, he received the Best Student Athlete/Arnie Chonko Awards. In 1987, he was selected as the Cotton Bowl Scholar Athlete. When he graduated from The Ohio State University, he received the prestigious Dr. St. Pierre Award from the Metallurgical Department.
In 1988, William White was drafted by the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. He played there through six seasons and was named the Detroit Lions Edge NFL Man of the Year in 1992. He then played three seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs and two for the Atlanta Falcons.
He took the field as a starter at the strong safety position in the 1999 Super Bowl with the Falcons, leading the team on defense with nine tackles in that game. Clearly, everything begins with attitude and his remained strong after eleven years in the league.
White's influence on young adults:
William White is not and never has been just a one-dimensional athlete. Not only does he speak to school groups, but he is also currently a Board Member of Athletes in Action, a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ International. He is also a Board Member of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary.
“Everything starts with your attitude. Your attitude is the beginning of who you’re going to be.” This is what William White tells young people when he motivational talks at schools, and this is what has led him, from an early age, to his own achievements. During all of his early years, attitude earned William good grades and starting positions on athletic teams. After excelling in elementary and junior high school, he went on to star in both football and basketball at Lima Senior.
White helping kids per Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch (6-20-2012):
Terrell West is only 11 years old, but he’s old enough to know that getting to take part in the Ohio State football youth camp is a golden opportunity for a youngster.
“The coolest thing about it is, I’ve never actually been to a college stadium,” West said after yesterday’s session in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. “This is a new experience for me in life, and I love it.”
Such comments were music to the ears of William White, a standout defensive back at Ohio State in the mid-1980s who went on to spend 11 seasons in the NFL.
White, 46, serves as a celebrity spokesman for a Columbus Recreation and Parks Department program for youths from low-income families.
Rather than be a spokesman yesterday, however, White’s role was fill-in chauffeur as he transported a dozen youngsters to and from the camp, which ends today with a session in Ohio Stadium.
“I made them all understand when we started (Monday), all these other 600 kids in this session, they paid $500 or so to be here, and you guys are getting to come here for free, so appreciate it,” White said. “They all got really big eyes, and I told them, ‘That’s why you need to work extremely hard.’
“But these are good kids. There was a criteria set forth, and they all met it.”
Chosen by the directors at city recreation centers, the scholarship winners had to have at least a B average in school, White said, and be involved in community work through programs at the centers.
“These kids, they’re me. It was parks and rec that kept me out of trouble growing up (in Lima), getting involved in programs in the summer, keeping me busy doing something that was structured,” White said.
Meyer thinks the experience for the kids is “absolutely priceless.”
Another of White’s passengers, 11-year-old Curtis Bush of Columbus, said there is much to like about the camp.
“It is very cool,” he said. “We got to meet some of the Ohio State players, and we got to meet Urban Meyer. He seems like he’s a good person.”
White's battle with ALS per alsnewstoday.com:
...recently diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), White has returned to his alma mater to become one of the first Americans set to receive Radicava (edaravone). In May, Radicava was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as the first new therapy to treat ALS symptoms in 22 years.
“Right now, there’s no cure for ALS, but they say that with this drug, if you’ve been diagnosed early, that it can slow it down some,” White said in a phone interview with ALS News Today from his Ohio home. “I’m totally in on that. I’m staying positive that something like that can happen.”
When White knew something was not right:
White, 51, said he first realized something was seriously wrong when he went in for a physical late last year, and his doctor noticed twitching in his arms.
“He had me go see Dr. [Kevin] Weber, the neurologist at Ohio State,” White said. “He took me through a bunch of exams, X-rays, MRIs and stuff like that. I think it was around the end of October, first of November, when they diagnosed me with the disease. Then he took me over to see Dr. [Adam] Quick.”
Last year, White had this interview with Jerod Smalley of NBC4:
Mr. White is a very positive, realistic and spiritual person. I wish him, and his family, the best as he goes through this difficult journey.
Dustin Fox, CB (2001-04)
Born: 1982 (Canton)
High School: GlenOak
The Buckeyes were 40-11 with Fox on the team.
2002 National Champion.
2002 Big Ten Title.
2003 Defeated Miami 31-24 (2OT) in the Fiesta Bowl National Championship Game.
2004 Defeated Kansas State 35-28 in the Fiesta Bowl.
2004 Defeated Oklahoma State 33-7 in the Alamo Bowl.
Went 3-1 against That Team.
2004 Academic All-Big Ten.
2003 Academic All-Big Ten.
2002 Academic All-Big Ten.
Fox's Ohio State career per The Ohio State Team Guide:
6-0, 190...from Canton, Ohio...Has played in all 39 games for the Buckeyes since his arrival at Ohio State...has started 28-consecutive games at the boundary corner...was named to a second-team spot on the All-Big Ten team last season, but is still a vastly underrated player...is a true leader and one of the most consistent performers on the team...gives the Buckeyes a rock-solid veteran in the defensive backfield.
Has seven career interceptions and 185 tackles to his credit...has ranked first and second the last two seasons, respectively, on the team in solo tackles...came to Ohio State as a safety, but was moved to cornerback as a freshman...40-inch vertical jump...is a three-time OSU Scholar athlete.
First-team Division I Associated Press All-Ohio selection on defense as a junior and senior (in high school)...three-time All-Federal League...SuperPrep first-team All-American...three-year starter at free safety...12 interceptions in his career...started at tailback as a senior and rushed for 1,351 yards and 10 touchdowns...2,500 yards rushing and 38 touchdowns in his career...played in the inaugural National High School All-Star Game...four-year letter winner in track.
*Wore No. 7 when drafted.
#Wore No. 90 when drafted.
120 days until The Game.