Randy White (54)
|Birthdate:||January 15, 1953|
|MVP:||Super Bowl XII (Shared with DE Harvey Martin)|
|Other:||Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1994.|
Randy White was a disappointment--for a while. The former Maryland All-American was the Dallas Cowboys' first-round pick and the second player selected in the 1975 NFL draft.
The Cowboys envisioned him as a great middle linebacker. For his first two seasons he was tested at that position and found wanting. But in his third season, when he became the starting right defensive tackle, the position he'd starred at in college, he became a superstar. For the remainder of his 14-season, 209-game NFL career, White was the anchor of the Cowboys' excellent defensive line.
White capped his first season as a regular by being named the co-most valuable player in the Cowboys' 27-10 win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XII. The next season in 1978, White was named the NFL defensive player of the year. That year he began a string of eight consecutive seasons as a virtually unanimous all-pro. White also was named to nine consecutive Pro Bowls from the 1977-1985 seasons.
Blessed with all the traits of a great defensive lineman--quickness, balance, toughness, ability, desire, intelligence, and durability--he missed only one game in 14 seasons.
He played in three Super Bowls and six NFC Championship Games. White recorded 4 sacks in those three Super Bowls, including 2 in Super Bowl X against Pittsburgh.