FORMER LION NAMED TO STEELERS ALL-TIME TEAM
Former Lions defensive lineman Dwight White was one of 33 players named to the Pittsburgh Steelers All-Time Team introduced at halftime of Monday’s game between the Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens.
White won four letters for the Lions (‘67-70) and then joined the Steelers for the ‘71 season. As a Lion, White was Honorable Mention All-America and first-team All-Lone Star Conference as a senior. He was second-team All-Texas as a senior and was second-team All-LSC as a junior. White was the Lions Most Valuable Defensive Lineman in ‘70 and was one of three team captains that season.
White earned four Super Bowl championship rings as a member of the Steelers Steel Curtain Defense. The bio of Dwight White on the Steelers’ web site reads, “It will go down as one of the most courageous efforts on a football field in NFL history. After arriving in New Orleans a week before Super Bowl IX, Dwight White was diagnosed with severe pneumonia complicated by pleurisy, a lung infection. White spent the week in a hospital being pumped with antibiotics and losing 18 pounds, but he showed up on a wet, 46-degree day and played virtually the whole game. Seven of the Vikings’ first eight running plays attacked the right side of the Steelers defense, and White made three tackles for a grand total of no yards gained. The Vikings finished with 17 yards on 21 rushing plays, and White scored the game’s first points when he covered Fran Tarkenton in the end zone for a safety. Nicknamed “Mad Dog” for his intensity, White was voted to two Pro Bowls (after the 1973 and 1974 seasons), and his 46 sacks is seventh in team history. From 1972-75, White had 33.5 sacks and he capped that era with three sacks against Dallas in Super Bowl X..”
The naming of the Steelers All-Time team is a part of the team’s 75th Season Celebration. The players were honored at a team gala Sunday night at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and then recognized during the halftime activities of the Monday night’s game in which the team wore their throwback uniforms for the second and final time this season. The Steelers were formed in 1933.