Charles White (American football)

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Charles White
No. 12
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1958-01-22) January 22, 1958
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
College: USC
NFL Draft: 1980 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27
Career history
As player:
As coach:
  • USC (RB) (1993–1997)
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards: 3,075
Average: 3.9
Touchdowns: 24
Player stats at

Charles Raymond White (born January 22, 1958) is a former professional American football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for nine seasons during the 1980s.

He played college football for the University of Southern California, where he was an All-American and the winner of the Heisman Trophy. A first-round pick (27th overall) in the 1980 NFL Draft,[1] he played professionally for the Cleveland Browns and the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL.

Early life

White was born in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from San Fernando High School in San Fernando, California, where as a track and field athlete he won the 330 yard low hurdles at the CIF California State Meet over future Olympic Gold medalist Andre Phillips.[2] He was also a standout high school football player.

College career

White attended the University of Southern California, where he played for the USC Trojans football team. In 1978, White won the W.J. Voit Memorial Trophy as the outstanding college football player on the Pacific Coast. In 1979, he received the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Award, and was named UPI Player of the Year. He is the second player in Rose Bowl history (of four, total) to be honored as Player of the Game twice (1979 and 1980).

Professional career

White was selected in the 1st round, 27th overall pick in the 1980 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. After four disappointing seasons in Cleveland, where he rushed for a total of 942 yards and had a 3.4 yards per carry average, White was released before the start of the 1985 season. White later acknowledged that he struggled with cocaine addiction during this period.[3]

After his release from the Browns in 1985, he reunited with his college coach, John Robinson, who was now coaching the Los Angeles Rams. White would play for the Rams for three seasons, 1985–1987. In 1987, he rushed for a league-leading 1,387 yards and 11 touchdowns, which earned him a Pro Bowl selection and the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award.

White finished his NFL career with 3,075 rushing yards, and 23 rushing touchdowns, along with 114 receptions, 860 yards, and one receiving touchdown.

American Gladiators

In its third and fourth seasons, American Gladiators held special "Pro Football Challenge of Champions" shows. White participated in both and won both, both times coming from behind in the "Eliminator" thanks to slip-ups by his opponents.[4] He also competed in sixth season's USC vs. Notre Dame alumni special where he also won, giving him a 3/3 record on the show.

Post-playing career

In 1993, White joined USC as running backs coach (1993–97) and today is a computer consultant.[5]

See also


  1. "Charles White". Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  2. "California State Meet Results - 1915 to present". Hank Lawson. Retrieved 2012-12-25.
  3. "Catching Up With Charles White". CNN. Retrieved 2007-12-10.
  4. "American Gladiators". Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  5. "Charles White". Premiere Athlete & Celebrity. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
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