Charles White, Heisman Trophy-Winning Back At USC, Dead At Age 64

LOS ANGELES — Charles White, the Southern California tailback who gained the Heisman Trophy in 1979, died Wednesday. He was 64.

USC introduced the loss of life of White, who continues to be the Trojans’ profession speeding chief with 6,245 yards. The nine-year NFL veteran died of most cancers in Newport Seashore, California, the college stated.

Charles White rushes in opposition to Alabama in 1978.

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“He was the toughest player I’ve ever coached,” stated John Robinson, White’s former head coach at USC and with the Los Angeles Rams. “He was really unusual in that regard. He was a great player and just loved playing the game. Those are the things I remember the most. He was a really tough guy, and he was an extremely gifted athlete. But the toughness … wow!”

A two-time All-American and Los Angeles native, White gained a nationwide title in 1978 earlier than claiming the Heisman within the following season, when he captained the Trojans and led the nation in yards speeding. White led the Trojans in speeding in every of his closing three seasons. He additionally gained the Walter Camp, Maxwell and Pop Warner Awards after his senior season.

He was named the Rose Bowl’s most dear participant in each video games following the 1978 and 1979 seasons. White was the third of USC’s file eight Heisman winners, and he’s nonetheless regarded reverently on the college lengthy generally known as Tailback U.

“Charles White was one of the all-time great Trojans,” USC athletic director Mike Bohn stated. “A Rose Bowl legend, a two-time unanimous All-American and an NCAA record setter, he made USC proud donning the Cardinal and Gold.”

White was the twenty seventh total choose within the 1980 draft by Cleveland, and he spent 5 years with the Browns, lacking your complete 1983 season on account of harm. He joined the Rams in 1985 and performed 4 extra seasons beneath Robinson, ending his NFL profession with 3,075 yards speeding.

After his NFL retirement, he coached USC’s operating backs from 1993-97 whereas once more working for Robinson, who had returned to the Trojans. He additionally held administrative jobs within the Trojans’ athletic division.

White is survived by his ex-wife, Judianne White-Basch, their 5 kids and a granddaughter. Memorial service particulars are pending.