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White was one incredible act and he's not finished
September 10, 2012

Mark Martin He's considered to be one of the greatest Mountaineers of all-time.
Patrick White enjoyed a storybook career in the Gold and Blue.

He won four straight postseason games as a starting quarterback, including not one, but two BCS bowl games – the Sugar and Fiesta.

His numbers were incredible: White passed for 6,051 yards and 56 touchdowns. He rushed for 4,480 and found the end zone 47 times.
If you're counting, that's 10,531 yards and 103 touchdowns. He was a true winner, being a part of 34 Mountaineer victories.

He moved on from WVU to the next level. Unfortunately, a pro football career lasted but one season.

“Definitely having the opportunity to play in the NFL is a blessing. Not too many people get that opportunity. It didn't turn out the way I thought it would,” said White.

Thanks to the NFL Draft, White took his talents to the Miami Dolphins. He saw some playing time, but a concussion essentially ended his career.

He toiled with some other football possibilities as well as baseball, but ultimately those days came to end. White, though, is hopeful he is far from through as a performer on a big stage.

“I still have an opportunity to do work in a different avenue,” said the Daphne, Alabama native who was part of a fundraiser this summer at St. Albans High School with other former Mountaineer greats.

The avenue White spoke of is acting.

“It's always been something I've been interested in,” said White, who lives in Miami. “It's not too different than being in a football arena. I'm just getting started.”

Decisions in life many times leave a lasting impact. When White chose WVU to play his college football in 2004, it was the beginning of an unbelievable stretch in his life. A beautiful relationship if you will.

Becoming and being a Mountaineer then and quite frankly forever is something he's thankful for every day.

“It was definitely a good decision. Some of the best times of my life. The four and a half years that I spent in Morgantown were definitely fun and exciting,” said White. “It's something I'll cherish the rest of my life. I met wonderful people on and off the field. Wonderful friends on and off the field. I look forward to coming back every year.”

White keeps close tabs on the Mountaineer program and is impressed with the current signal caller who is in the final season of his remarkable career.

“Geno (Smith) is a great quarterback. I haven't heard any bad things about him,” said White, who received Heisman Trophy hype like Smith is garnering early on in this 2012 season. “I haven't heard any negativity from his teammates and that's another positive. They all to seem to like him and look up to him. I wish him all the best.”

He will follow his old school's football program closely. He will do so while embarking on his latest challenge – acting.

“It's very similar to football. You just personalize those feelings. It's something I look forward to. Hopefully, I'm going to go a long way.”

Judging from what he did during his four seasons at WVU, Pat White will indeed go far.

After all, top-notch performances were his forte time and time again as a Mountaineer.

He was one great act.



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