99 Warriors: No. 37 Four-year Starter, Team Captain and All-Big Ten Selection William White

By Kevin Harrish on July 26, 2018 at 8:05 am
William White was a rare four-year starter at Ohio State.

We're counting down the days to kickoff with “99 Warriors,” the greatest Ohio State Buckeyes by jersey number, as voted by the staff of Eleven Warriors.

No. 37 William White

William White not only started for four-years at Ohio State, he began a family legacy.

DB William White

b. Feb. 19, 1966 (Lima OH)

  • Four-year starter (1984-87)
  • Big Ten Champion (1984, 86)
  • Captain (1987)
  • All-Big Ten (1987)

White played cornerback at Ohio State from 1984 to 1987, starting all four years. He finished his Buckeye career with 16 interceptions, tied for third all-time in school history, and tied the school record for most interceptions in a game with three against West Virginia in 1987, one of which he returned for a touchdown.

During his time at Ohio State, the Buckeyes won two Big Ten titles. As a senior in 1987, White was named a team captain and a first-team Big Ten All-American.

Following his college career, White was drafted in the fourth round of the 1988 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. White had an 11-year professional career, playing for the Lions, Chiefs and Falcons.

White is also the father of current Buckeye sophomore safety Brendon White, who joined the Buckeyes as part of the vaunted 2017 recruiting class.

In November of 2016, White was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and continues to battle the incurable disease.

Photo: Ohio State Dept. of Engineering

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