Charles White, a famous running back for USC who won the Heisman Trophy in 1979, died on Wednesday. He was 64.
USC said that White had died. White is still the Trojans’ all-time leader in rushing yards with 6,245 yards. The nine-year NFL veteran killed in Newport Beach, California, of cancer, according to the school.
John Robinson, White’s head coach at USC and with the Los Angeles Rams, said, “He was the toughest player I’ve ever coached.” “He was really unusual in that regard. He was a great player and just loved playing the game. Those are the things I remember the most. He was a really tough guy, and he was an extremely gifted athlete. But the toughness … wow!
ESPN Says White was born in Los Angeles and was named an All-American twice. He led the Trojans to a national championship in 1978 and won the Heisman the next year when he was the team captain and led the country in rushing yards. In each of his last three seasons, White led the Trojans in rushing. After his senior season, he also won the Walter Camp, Maxwell, and Pop Warner awards.
He was named the most valuable player in both the 1978 and 1979 Rose Bowls. White was the third of USC’s record-setting eight Heisman winners, and the school, which has been called “Tailback U,” still holds him in high regard.
“Charles White was one of the best Trojans ever,” said Mike Bohn, who is in charge of sports at USC. “A Rose Bowl legend, a two-time unanimous All-American and an NCAA record setter, he made USC proud donning the Cardinal and Gold.”
#FightOnForever, Charles White.
The 1979 Heisman Trophy winner, who won a national championship with USC in 1978 and went on to make the College Football Hall of Fame, died today in Newport Beach. He was 64. pic.twitter.com/iH0ANvslSM
— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) January 12, 2023
Cleveland picked white with the 27th overall pick in the 1980 draught. He played for the Browns for five years, missing the 1983 season because of an injury. He joined the Rams in 1985 and played for four more seasons under Robinson. He ended his NFL career with 3,075 yards rushing.
After he left the NFL, he worked for Robinson again as a coach for the USC running backs from 1993 to 1997. Robinson had returned to the Trojans. He also worked in the administration of the Trojans’ sports teams.
White’s ex-wife, Judianne White-Basch, their five kids, and a granddaughter are all still alive. Plans for the memorial service are not set yet.
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