Steelers Great Dwight White Passes Away at 58

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He was part of the Steel Curtain and a team in the 1970’s that dominated the National Football League. A part of history for Pittsburgh Steelers, DE Dwight White was a big part of the Steelers defense in the 70’s and today, the team announced that the 58-year-old White has passed away following surgery at a Pittsburgh hospital.

Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, June 11 at noon at Calvary Episcopal Church, 315 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Please note that in lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Dwight’s memory be sent to The August Wilson Center of African American Culture at 425 Sixth Avenue, Suite 1750, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

He played college football at Texas A&M University-Commerce, and upon entering the league was nicknamed “Mad Dog.” He became a Pro Bowl defensive end, and was one of the game’s more colorful characters, but was also a standout defensive end who played with much intensity. He was by far the most vocal player on the Steelers defense.

Prior to Super Bowl IX, White spent much of the previous week in a hospital, suffering from pneumonia. White lost 20 pounds during that week and was not expected to play. However, he did play, and accounted for the only scoring in the first half when he sacked Fran Tarkenton in the end zone for a safety — the first points in Steelers’ history in a championship game. The Steelers defeated the Minnesota Vikings 16-6.

Finished his career with 55 sacks according to Steeler team records. He retired after the 1980 season and went on to become a stock broker. Team president Art Rooney II is calling White “an important member of the Steelers family.”


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