Danny White

Wilford Daniel White (born February 9, 1952) is a former quarterback and punter for the Dallas Cowboys and an American football coach in the Arena Football League. He has been the color commentator for Cowboys games on Compass Media Networks' America's Team Radio Network since the 2011 season.[1] He played college football at Arizona State University.

Danny White
No. 11
Position:Quarterback / Punter
Personal information
Born:February 9, 1952 (age 67)
Mesa, Arizona
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:193 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:Mesa (AZ) Westwood
College:Arizona State
NFL Draft:1974 / Round: 3 / Pick: 53
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
As player
As coach
Career NFL statistics
Passing yards:21,959
QB rating:81.7
Pass attempts:2,950
Pass completions:1,761
Rushing TDs:8
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early years

A graduate of Westwood High School in Mesa, Arizona, White did not receive a lot of notice while being the starter at quarterback, due to his perception as a better baseball prospect.

Frank Kush, then the football head coach at Arizona State University, helped convince Bobby Winkles, the school's baseball coach, to sign White to a scholarship with the provision that he would also play punter for the football team. During those early years Kush gave him a chance to improve his skills as a quarterback, which eventually would lead him to become the starter midway through his sophomore season, ending up throwing for 6 touchdowns in a game against the University of New Mexico.

White went on to have a stellar career as a quarterback and punter, compiling a 33–4 record, winning 3 Fiesta Bowls, setting 7 NCAA passing records and being named an All-American in 1973, when he led the nation's second rated total offense. He finished with 6,717 passing yards, 64 touchdowns, 42 interceptions and averaged 41.7 yards per punt.[2]

Besides having his jersey retired, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, the State of Arizona Sports Hall of Fame and the Arizona State University Athletics Hall of Fame. In 2000, he was named Arizona Athlete of the Century by the Arizona Republic. He also was an inaugural member of Dunham and Miller Hall of Fame.

On October 29, 2010, White was honored, along with other Sun Devil Quarterbacks, at a Legends Luncheon hosted by the Arizona State University Alumni Association and Sun Devil Club. Other honorees included John F. Goodman, Andrew Walter, Jake Plummer, and Jeff van Raaphorst.[3]

Professional career

Memphis Southmen (WFL)

The Dallas Cowboys selected him in the third round (53rd overall) of the 1974 NFL Draft, but were mainly interested in him as a punter, so he chose to sign with the World Football League's Memphis Southmen for a better offer.

White shared the quarterback position with John Huarte, helping his team reach the semifinals as a rookie and a second-place finish in 1975. During these two years, he passed for 2,635 yards and 21 touchdowns in 30 games, and also led the league in punting his last year.[4]

Dallas Cowboys

In 1976, he signed with the Dallas Cowboys after the World Football League folded. Through 1979, White was the Cowboys' punter and the backup to the team's star quarterback Roger Staubach. After Staubach's retirement following the end of that season, White became the Cowboys' starting quarterback. Until 1984, White continued to serve as the team's punter; he punted for the last time in his career once in 1985.

In a memorable 1980 playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons, White led the Cowboys to a come-from-behind 30–27 victory. He also played in one of the Cowboys' most painful playoff losses against the San Francisco 49ers in the 1981 NFC Championship Game, famous for the Joe Montana-to-Dwight Clark game-winning play, which would simply come to be known as "The Catch". He received Pro Bowl and second team All-Pro honors in 1982.

White led the Cowboys to three consecutive NFC Championship Games (19801982), but was criticized after the Cowboys lost each of the three games despite having been favored in all of them. White also received criticism for publicly siding with the owners during the 1982 NFL Players Strike. Fans and teammates alike began to show support for White to be replaced as the Cowboys quarterback by Gary Hogeboom, who was coming off an impressive performance in the 1982 NFC Championship Game (which they lost to the archrival Washington Redskins) after White was knocked out of the game with a concussion. Even White's statistically career-best 1983 season failed to silence the critics, after ending it with consecutive blowout losses to the Redskins (at home) and the 49ers after a 12–2 start. To add insult to injury, the Cowboys lost the NFC Wildcard Playoff game to the Los Angeles Rams. That apparently was enough for White to lose his starting job to Hogeboom at the start of the 1984 season. Under Hogeboom, the Cowboys looked impressive with a 4–1 start, but then a loss to division rival St. Louis and ineffective plays by Hogeboom convinced coach Tom Landry to reinstate White as his starter. The Cowboys finished 9–7, but missed the playoffs in 1984 for the first time in a decade; but with White as quarterback, the Cowboys made it back in 1985 with a 10–6 record. However, they lost again to the Los Angeles Rams in the playoffs.

In 1986, the Cowboys started 6–2, had the #1 offense in the NFL, were tied for the lead in the NFC Eastern Division and White was also the number one rated passer in the NFC at that point in the season. During an away game against Bill Parcells's New York Giants, however, a blind-side sack by Giants linebacker Carl Banks broke White's throwing wrist and tore ligaments, knocking him out of the game and ending his season. Dallas lost the game, 17–14, and without White the team faded badly, finishing the year 7–9 and the Cowboys first losing season since 1965.

White returned as the starter at the beginning of 1987, but after inconsistent play, he was benched in favor of Steve Pelluer for 4 of the final 6 games. In 1988, Pelluer won the starting job in training camp, relegating White as a backup. White appeared briefly in only two games, and in his second game he suffered a season-ending knee injury. An option on his contract was not picked up in April 1989 and he retired, paving the way for Troy Aikman to take the reins of the struggling franchise.

White had 1,761 completions on 2,950 attempts for 21,959 yards, 155 touchdowns, and 132 interceptions in his career. He also gained 482 yards and scored 8 touchdowns rushing. Unusual for a quarterback, he had two pass receptions for touchdowns, both from a halfback option pass. On special teams he punted 610 times for 24,509 yards, an average of 40.4 yards per punt, with 144 punts inside the 20 and 77 touchbacks. His record as the Cowboys' starting quarterback was 62–32 (.659 winning percentage) during the regular season, and 5–5 in the playoffs.

Being Roger Staubach's successor and never reaching a Super Bowl as a starting quarterback contributed to White's being an unappreciated player, even considering all of the successes he achieved for the Cowboys and the NFL during the decade of the eighties.[5] "I don't think anybody could have followed Roger and done as well as Danny", Coach Tom Landry remarked, "Danny was a solid winner."[6]

Career statistics

Regular season

Year Tem Passing Rushing Punting
Comp Att Yds TD Int Att Yds Avg TD ATT Yds Lng Avg Blk
1976 DAL 13 20 213 2 2 6 17 2.8 0 70 2,690 54 38.4 2
1977 DAL 4 10 35 0 1 1 −2.0 −2.0 0 80 3,171 57 39.6 1
1978 DAL 20 34 215 0 1 5 7 1.4 0 76 3,076 56 40.5 1
1979 DAL 19 39 267 1 2 1 25 25.0 0 76 3,168 73 41.7 0
1980 DAL 260 436 3287 28 25 27 114 4.2 1 71 2,903 58 40.9 0
1981 DAL 223 391 3098 22 13 38 104 2.7 0 79 3,222 60 40.8 0
1982 DAL 156 247 2079 16 12 17 91 5.4 0 37 1,542 56 41.7 0
1983 DAL 334 533 3980 29 23 18 31 1.7 4 38 1,543 50 40.6 1
1984 DAL 126 233 1580 11 11 6 21 3.5 0 82 3,151 54 38.4 0
1985 DAL 267 450 3157 21 17 22 44 2.0 1 1 43 43 43.0 0
1986 DAL 95 153 1157 12 5 8 16 2.0 1
1987 DAL 215 362 2617 12 17 10 14 1.4 1
1988 DAL 29 42 274 1 3
Total 1761 2950 21259 155 132 156 482 3.0 8 610 24,509 73 40.2 5

Coaching career

White's career as a coach began shortly after his playing days ended. This is appropriate considering that, while an active player, he was widely regarded—like Staubach before him—as knowledgeable of the game and as something of a coach on the field. He also began working as a broadcast commentator during his coaching career, which was possible because he coached Arena football, which is played during the outdoor game's off-season.

White served as the head coach of the Arizona Rattlers from 1992 to 2004, winning the ArenaBowl championship in 1994 and 1997. White's contract was not renewed by the new Rattlers ownership after the 2004 season following three consecutive ArenaBowl losses. He was named the head coach of the Arena Football League expansion Utah Blaze, which began play in 2006. He led his teams to the playoffs in 10 of 11 seasons, including two championships (1994 and 1997), finishing with a 162–95 record as a head coach.

In 2002, he was inducted into the Arena Football League Hall of Fame in recognition for his coaching success.

Personal life

White's father, Wilford "Whizzer" White (no relation to college football legend and U.S. Supreme Court justice Byron "Whizzer" White, who also played American football), was the first Arizona State University All-American football player and still ranks second in school history with 1502 rushing yards in a season,[7] he also played halfback for the Chicago Bears from 1951–52.[8]

In 1983, White briefly recorded as a country music artist for the Grand Prix label. His only single, "You're a Part of Me", a duet with Linda Nail, reached #85 on the Hot Country Songs charts.[9]

White and his wife, JoLynn, have four children, Ryan (d. 2015), Geoff, Heather and Reed, and twelve grandchildren. He now makes corporate appearances and motivational speeches. JoLynn died on August 15, 2016. Danny has since remarried. His new wife’s name is Jane. In recent years he has been seen on TV doing ADT security infomercials. [10]

See also


  1. ^ "Compass Media Networks Announces Broadcast Talent For 2011 Football Season", Compass Media Networks press release, Wednesday, July 20, 2011. Archived October 17, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ https://footballfoundation.org/hof_search.aspx?hof=1986
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 22, 2010. Retrieved May 11, 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "The Great White Hope".
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 29, 2012. Retrieved June 5, 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Galicia, Thomas. "Tony Romo and the 10 Least Clutch Quarterbacks in NFL History".
  7. ^ "After Four Years in Staubach's Shadow, Danny White Flexes His Muscles as Dallas' New Leader – Vol. 14 No. 20". November 17, 1980.
  8. ^ "Whizzer White". NFL.com.
  9. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 457. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  10. ^ "Danny White's Official Website - Former Dallas Cowboys Quarterback". dannywhite.com.

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1973 Arizona State Sun Devils football team

The 1973 Arizona State Sun Devils football team represented Arizona State University in the 1973 NCAA Division I football season and outscored its opponents 519 to 171. Led by sixteenth-year head coach Frank Kush, the Sun Devils stayed home and won the Fiesta Bowl to finish at 11–1 and ninth in the final AP poll.

1981 Dallas Cowboys season

The 1981 Dallas Cowboys season was their 22nd in the league. The team matched their previous output of 12–4, winning their fifth division title in six years. They lost the Conference Championship game for the second straight season.

The season began with four straight victories, followed by two losses (including a surprising 45–14 blowout loss to the 49ers in week six). The Cowboys rebounded to win 8 of their 9 games to clinch the NFC East but had to settle for the conference's number two seed behind the 49ers.

The Cowboys easily defeated Tampa Bay in the divisional playoff to earn a rematch with the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. The game was much closer this time, and the Cowboys still held a 27–21 lead with less than a minute to play. However, Joe Montana led a late drive and hit Dwight Clark in the famous "Catch" to give San Francisco a 28–27 lead. On the ensuing Cowboys possession, Danny White completed a pass to Drew Pearson, and was only an arms length away from breaking free from Eric Wright and most likely scoring a touchdown. Jim Stuckey recovered a White fumble on the next play, then the 49ers ran out the clock for the win.

1982 Dallas Cowboys season

The 1982 Dallas Cowboys season was the franchise's 23rd season in the National Football League. The Cowboys finished with a record of 6 wins and 3 losses, placing them second in the NFC. After losing the season opener to the Pittsburgh Steelers (the first time the Cowboys lost a season opener in 17 years), the Cowboys won the next six, including five after the strike had ended. However, two losses at the end of the regular season cost them home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. After beginning their playoff run with victories over the Buccaneers and the Packers, the Cowboys traveled to Washington, where they met defeat at the hands of their arch-rival, the Redskins. It was the third straight season that the Cowboys lost in the NFC championship game. The Redskins would advance to win the Super Bowl.The Cowboys featured big-play capability on both sides of the ball in 1982. The offense relied on running back Tony Dorsett, who led the NFC in rushing (and during the season set an NFL record with a 99-yard run from scrimmage against Minnesota), and quarterback Danny White, who finished second in the NFL in passer rating. Despite the retirement of longtime starters Charlie Waters and D.D. Lewis before the season, the Cowboys still tied for the NFC lead in sacks, and cornerback Everson Walls led the league with seven interceptions.The Cowboys were the only team to defeat the Washington Redskins in the 1982 season, winning a regular season matchup in Game 5. The Cowboys were also the only team in the NFL who never trailed at halftime in '82.

1983 Dallas Cowboys season

The 1983 Dallas Cowboys season was the franchise's 24th season in the National Football League. the cowboys finished second in the NFC East and improving their 6-3 record from 1982. The team broke the record for consecutive playoff appearances with 9 (the 2010 Colts later tied the record).

1983 Pro Bowl

The 1983 Pro Bowl was the NFL's 33rd annual all-star game which featured the outstanding performers from the 1982 season. The game was played on Sunday, February 6, 1983, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii before a crowd of 47,207. The final score was NFC 20, AFC 19.Walt Michaels of the New York Jets led the AFC team against an NFC team coached by Dallas Cowboys head coach Tom Landry. The referee was Fred Silva.Dan Fouts of the San Diego Chargers and John Jefferson of the Green Bay Packers were named the game's Most Valuable Players. A late touchdown pass from Danny White of the Dallas Cowboys to Jefferson provided the NFC margin of victory.

Players on the winning NFC team received $10,000 apiece while the AFC participants each took home $5,000 which were double the payouts of the previous year.

1987 Dallas Cowboys season

The 1987 Dallas Cowboys season was the franchise's 28th season in the National Football League, they improved the record to 7-8 from 1986, but missing the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

Arizona Rattlers

The Arizona Rattlers are a professional indoor American football team based in Phoenix, Arizona. They are currently members of the Indoor Football League (IFL). The Rattlers were founded in 1992 as an expansion team in the Arena Football League and were the third oldest active franchise in the AFL until their departure in 2016. They play their home games at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The Rattlers are led by head coach Kevin Guy. Since the team's establishment in 1992, the Rattlers have won ten division titles and have played in nine ArenaBowl Championship games, winning championships in 1994, 1997, 2012, 2013, 2014. The Rattlers also won the 2017 United Bowl in their first season in the IFL.

Arizona State Sun Devils football statistical leaders

The Arizona State Sun Devils football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Arizona State Sun Devils football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Sun Devils represent Arizona State University in the NCAA's Pac-12 Conference.

Although Arizona State began competing in intercollegiate football in 1897, the school's official record book considers the "modern era" to have begun in 1946. Records from before this year are often incomplete and inconsistent, and they are generally not included in these lists.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since 1946, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Sun Devils have played in 10 bowl games since this decision, giving many recent players an extra game to accumulate statistics.

Kicker Zane Gonzalez is the NCAA's all-time leader in field goals made, with 96.These lists are updated through the end of the 2018 season.

Baby You're Mine

"Baby You're Mine" is a song by Polish singer Basia from her second studio album London Warsaw New York released in 1990. The track was written and produced by Basia Trzetrzelewska and Danny White, and is a mid-tempo bossa nova-influenced composition. It served as the first single from London Warsaw New York and was a minor chart success.

Blame It on the Summer

"Blame It on the Summer" is a song by Polish-born singer Basia from her 2009 album It's That Girl Again. It was written by Basia Trzetrzelewska, Danny White and Andy Ross, and produced by Danny and Basia. The singer has revealed that the lyrics are "about women getting restless during the summer". The song was the lead single from It's That Girl Again in the USA, but the second single in Europe, following "A Gift".

Danny White (athletic director)

Daniel J. White (born c. 1980) is an American university sports administrator. He is the athletic director for the UCF Knights sports program of the University of Central Florida located in Orlando, Florida. White held the same position at the State University of New York at Buffalo from 2012 to 2015. Prior to his tenure at Buffalo, he served as the senior associate athletic director for Ole Miss.

White's tenure at UCF has included the hiring of new head coaches across several sports, significant facility upgrades, establishment of an official rivalry with the South Florida Bulls.

Fake field goal

A fake field goal is a trick play in American football. Simply, it involves a running or passing play done out of a kick formation. Usually the holder (often the punter or backup quarterback on most teams) will throw or run. Danny White was both quarterback and punter for the Dallas Cowboys in the 1980s and often executed this play. Less frequently, the placekicker, who virtually never handles the ball in an American football game, will serve as the passer or rusher on a fake field goal. Examples include then-New England kicker Adam Vinatieri receiving a direct snap and throwing a touchdown pass during an NFL game in 2004, and LSU kicker Colt David rushing for a 15-yard touchdown in 2007 after receiving the ball on a blind lateral from holder (and starting quarterback) Matt Flynn.

Jim Stuckey

James Davis Stuckey (born June 21, 1958) is a former American college and professional football player who was a defensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL) for seven seasons during the 1980s. Stuckey played college football for Clemson University, and was recognized as an All-American. A first-round pick in the 1980 NFL Draft, he played professionally for the San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets of the NFL.

Stuckey was born in Cayce, South Carolina. He attended Airport High School in West Columbia, South Carolina. While there from 1972-76 he played middle linebacker and tight end.

Stuckey attended Clemson University, and played for the Clemson Tigers football team from 1976 to 1979. As a senior in 1979, he earned consensus first-team All-American honors.

He was drafted in the first round of the 1980 NFL Draft by the 49ers. He was a member of the San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl XVI and Super Bowl XIX winning teams. One of his more notable accomplishments was sealing a victory over the Dallas Cowboys in the 1981 NFC title game by recovering a fumble from quarterback Danny White with less than thirty seconds left in the game. However, this is not well known to most NFL fans, as it was preceded by The Catch, which was caught by his college teammate Dwight Clark, one of the most famous plays in NFL Lore.


KRRV-FM (100.3 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a country music format. Licensed to Alexandria, Louisiana, United States, the station serves the Alexandria area. The station is currently owned by Cenla Broadcasting Licensing Company, LLC. Its studios are located on Texas Avenue in Alexandria, and its transmitter is located near Forest Hill, Louisiana.

List of Dallas Cowboys starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. They are listed in order of the date of each player's first start at quarterback for the Cowboys.

Matt Bianco

Matt Bianco are a British band that was formed in 1983. They are mainly known for their success in the mid-1980s and their jazz, Latin-flavoured music. The group's name suggests that Matt Bianco is a person, often assumed to be an alias for the main member and front man Mark Reilly. According to the group, Matt is in fact "a made up spy, a secret agent; we loved spy TV themes and film scores". Basia Trzetrzelewska was an original member of Matt Bianco, later a popular solo artist.

Prime Time TV

"Prime Time TV" is a song by Polish singer Basia released in 1986 as her debut solo single. It was included on her first album Time and Tide in 1987. The track was written by Basia, Danny White, and Peter Ross of Immaculate Fools, and produced by Danny and Basia.

Promises (Basia song)

"Promises" is a song by Polish singer Basia from her debut studio album Time and Tide, released in 1987. The track was written by Basia Trzetrzelewska, Danny White, and Peter Ross of Immaculate Fools. It was produced by Danny and Basia, and is a samba-influenced jazz-pop song. The single was first a minor hit in the UK in January 1988. In 1989, "Promises" charted in the USA, where remixes of the song by Justin Strauss were released on a 12" maxi single.

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