Dwight White
No. 78
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born:(1949-07-30)July 30, 1949
Hampton, Virginia
Died:June 6, 2008(2008-06-06) (aged 58)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school:James Madison
College:East Texas State
NFL Draft:1971 / Round: 4 / Pick: 104
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Dwight Lynn White (July 30, 1949 – June 6, 2008) was an American football defensive end who played for ten seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League (NFL)[1] and was a member of the famed Steel Curtain defense.[2]

Life and career

Born in Hampton, Virginia, White graduated from James Madison High School in Dallas, Texas and played college football at East Texas State University (since renamed Texas A&M University–Commerce) where he was teammates with future Super Bowl MVP Harvey Martin.[3][4]

Pittsburgh Steelers

Nicknamed "Mad Dog", because of his intensity,[5] White became a two-time Pro Bowl defensive end. White spent much of the week leading up to Super Bowl IX in a hospital, suffering from pneumonia; he lost 20 pounds and was not expected to play in the game. However, he did play,[6] and accounted for the only scoring in the first half when he sacked Fran Tarkenton in the end zone for a safety — the first points in Steelers' history in a championship game.[7] The Steelers defeated the Minnesota Vikings 16–6.

White finished his career with 46 quarterback sacks as recorded unofficially by the Steelers;[8] sacks were not an official NFL defensive stat until 1982.[9]

Steelers owner Dan Rooney called White "one of the greatest players to ever wear a Steelers uniform"[2] and he was named to the Steelers All-Time team in 1982 and again in 2007. He retired after the 1980 season and went on to become a stock broker.


Dwight White died of complications that arose from an earlier surgery.[10] A blood clot in his lung, the complication from back surgery, is the suspected cause of death.[6] On February 1, 2010, his family filed a wrongful death suit against the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and three doctors, claiming that his death had been caused by medical negligence.[11]


  1. ^ The Tribune-Review (2008-06-06). "Steelers' Dwight White dead at 58". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Archived from the original on 2008-06-09. Retrieved 2008-06-07.
  2. ^ a b "Dwight White". Steelers.com. 2008-06-06. Archived from the original on 2008-06-09. Retrieved 2008-06-06.
  3. ^ "Dwight White Bio". Steelers.com. Archived from the original on 2008-06-09. Retrieved 2008-06-06.
  4. ^ "Beaver County Times - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 2021-07-25.
  5. ^ "Dwight White, 58, Mad Dog of Vaunted Steel Curtain, Is Dead". The New York Times. Associated Press. 2008-06-07. Retrieved 2008-06-07.
  6. ^ a b Dulac, Gerry (2008-06-07). "Steel Curtain's 'Mad Dog' dies". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2008-06-07.
  7. ^ "Pittsburgh fixes error in Super Bowl proclamation". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. February 10, 2009. Archived from the original on September 7, 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  8. ^ "Steelers Records" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 March 2009. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  9. ^ "History Of The Sack Statistic". Packers.com. August 13, 2009. Archived from the original on March 9, 2010. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  10. ^ "Former Steeler Dwight White dies". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 2008-06-06. Retrieved 2008-06-06.
  11. ^ Nereim, Vivian (2010-02-01). "Lawsuit filed in former Steeler player's death". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2010-02-01.
  • The Super Bowl An Official Retrospective, Ballantine Books, 2005.