'Whizzer' White, ASU Hall-of-Famer, dies at 84

PHOENIX - Wilford "Whizzer" White, the father of former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Danny White and a member of the Arizona State hall of fame, has died at the age of 84.

The former Sun Devils running back died Thursday after falling unconscious while awaiting a doctor's appointment, White's daughter-in-law, Michelle White, said Friday.

White passed away while on an ambulance headed to a Phoenix-area hospital, possibly of a heart attack, but family members are still awaiting tests.

White was an ASU running back from 1947 to 1950 and finished his career as the school's all-time leading rusher with 3,173 yards, one of only four players in school history to rush for more than 3,000 yards. He now ranks fourth among the school's all-time leading rushers.

"Whizzer embodied all of the attributes of the Sun Devil Way that we teach our players," head football coach Todd Graham said in a statement. "The mark he left on this program will always echo through Sun Devil Stadium."

White led the Sun Devils to nine wins for the first time in the school's history, and his 1,502 yards rushing in 1950 remain the second-highest mark in a single season at ASU. White's 48 career touchdowns are the second most in school history. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 1951.

White's son, Danny, was a Sun Devils quarterback from 1971 to 1973 before going on to play 13 seasons for Dallas.

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