It was reported earlier this week that former NFL draft pick Pat White was hanging out at the Senior Bowl. His intention was to let coaches know he was serious about a return to the sport of football. White was quoted as saying, “I want an opportunity to get back into the NFL.”
White, the 44th overall draft pick of the 2009 NFL Draft, played only one season with the Miami Dolphins. White was part of the team’s Wildcat offensive formation. In that season, White threw only five passes and completed zero of them. As a rushing quarterback, White carried the ball 21 times for 81 yards, averaging 3.9 yards per carry.
Despite White’s desire to get back into the NFL, a new offer and decision has risen in White’s career path. The Miami Marlins have offered White a minor league contract. This should come as no surprise to anyone who is familiar with White’s baseball ties. As a senior at Daphne High School, White was a second team All-American baseball player, as a pitcher and outfielder.
During his senior season, White had a batting average of .487 and stole 28 bases. The Los Angeles Angels drafted White in the fourth round of the 2004 MLB Draft. White turned down a six figure signing bonus to pursue his football dream at West Virginia University. While in college, White was drafted three more times, including the Angels once again in 2007. The Cincinnati Reds (2008) and New York Yankees (2009) were the other teams that tried to lure White away from football.
White washed out of the NFL pretty fast and even failed to catch on in the UFL, as a member of the Virginia Destroyers off-season team. The Kansas City Royals signed White to a minor league deal in 2010, but White never played in a game.
I know it’s tough for White to walk away from the NFL after such a promising college football career. White held the NCAA Football record for rushing yards by a quarterback. However, I think that White’s days in the NFL are done forever. White would be smart to consider the offer from the Marlins. Miami traded away several players this off-season and are short in many areas. If White can regain form, he could earn a call-up to the big lead squad.