Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

CHRISTIAN'S SPORTS BEAT ; from Gridiron Athlete to Athlete Counseling

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

CHRISTIAN'S SPORTS BEAT ; from Gridiron Athlete to Athlete Counseling

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When I first started watching college football, the first player I idolized was Pat White of the West Virginia University Mountaineers. I liked how he controlled the game with his outstanding passing and running and always wanted a chance to meet him.

That chance occurred recently when I interviewed White, while he made a charity appearance in Cross Lanes for the Sugar Bowl Foundation, helping fellow Mountaineers cheer WVU on as they played the Miami Hurricanes in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

I asked White what his time at WVU was like.

"Too fast for me, I wish I could go back and do it all over again, White said. "Because I red-shirted, I spent five years in Morgantown. I enjoyed my journey there, met a lot of great people, made a lot of new friends and, most importantly, took away a lot of good memories.

In the four bowl games that White played in for the Mountaineers, WVU never lost, making him one of the few quarterbacks in NCAA history to be able to make that claim.

After White's WVU career, the soon-to-be 31-year old southpaw quarterback was drafted in the second round by the Miami Dolphins, which became my favorite AFC team, getting my parents to buy me a Dolphins number 6 jersey.

I was watching seven years ago when the Dolphins were playing the Pittsburgh Steelers and White suffered a helmet-to-helmet collision with Ike Taylor that left him unconscious and was carted off the field.

I asked him to recall the tackle for me. "I don't remember much. I remember being on a stretcher, my arms crossed, looking up at my parents and seeing concerned faces. That was the first thing I remember after the hit. Other than that, I don't remember much. Looking at the video, it looked like I was trying to get back into the game, but they weren't going to let that happen.

White's third career concussion, suffering others in high school and college, ended his time with the Dolphins.

Three years later, White tried an NFL comeback which lasted two games with the Washington Redskins. …

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