According to a report from nbcsports.com’s Mike Florio, former West Virginia University football legend Pat White is considering restarting his NFL career.
White made a couple of appearances at this week’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, AL. The former Mountaineer great is a native of nearby Daphne, AL and decided to let all of the NFL coaches on hand know that he is interested in any opportunity to reignite his professional career.
A career that lasted just one season of work with the Miami Dolphins as the focal point of the wildcat offense. White played during his 2009 rookie season, but was cut in the 2010 training camp.
With little wear and tear, White thinks he still has a lot of vitality left:
“I’m still young. My legs are still with me,” White said. “I’m like a 2009 model with about 4,500 miles on it. It still runs just as smooth.”
“I know that I can still do it,” White said. “I just want to come out here, shake hands, show my face and let coaches know that I’m interested.”
What has to be concerning for NFL teams is Pat White’s durability. His career was ended the first time around by Pittsburgh cornerback Ike Taylor on a vicious sideline collision.
With the emergence of running quarterbacks in the NFL, there will be a glut of teams that should be interested in bringing in one of the most explosive running quarterbacks in recent history.
While at WVU, White compiled an absurd 4,480 yards rushing, 6,049 yards passing, and 103 total touchdowns. White also led the Mountaineers to a 42-9 record (4-0 in bowl games including two BCS wins). He is still the only quarterback in NCAA history to lead his team to 4 bowl victories.
Pat White’s rookie season with the Miami Dolphins is a stark contrast to his Mountaineers career. In 2009, White saw action in 13 games, completing 0 passes on 5 attempts and rushing for a mere 81 yards on 21 carries with 1 fumble.
“Everyone wants to point fingers as to why it didn’t work out in the NFL. I felt it was because of me,” White said. “I could’ve done a lot more film study, a lot more working on my game. Instead of being there 30 minutes after practice, be there an hour. It’s the little things.”
Obviously Pat White knows that he will need to show NFL coaches that, not only is he an exceptional talent, but that he is also going to be an exceptional student of the game. White will have to show off his ability to break down film and show the dedication that every great NFL player showcases.
Many are skeptical of White’s ability to succeed in the NFL, but with some hard work and an opportunity, he will make an impact for an NFL team in search of a dual threat quarterback to build a pistol offense around.