DIGNITY AFTER FOOTBALL
LETTER TO ALL OF YOU FROM
BIG ED WHITE
FUTURE HALL OF FAMER
-241 CONSECUTIVE GAMES PLAYED,
A RECORD UPON HIS RETIREMENT
-4 SUPER BOWLS
-5 PRO BOWLS
- WON THE "NFL STRONGMAN" ARM WRESTLING
ABOUT EVERY YEAR IT WAS OFFERED
(never a steroid, rarely even a weightroom!)
-COACHED IN NFL AND NCAA FOR DECADES
Quote from Dan Fouts about Ed:
Dan Fouts (Chargers QB 1973-1987 and NFL Hall of Fame in 1993) believes White deserves at least one more:
the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
Fouts cited the length of White’s career, his four Pro Bowl trips and four Super Bowl appearances with Minnesota.
“No question about it,” Fouts said. “When he retired, nobody had played in more games (241)
as an offensive lineman than Ed White. They don’t have any statistics for offensive linemen other than
Pro Bowls and Super Bowls, and those are things Ed has done.
He was one of the most feared offensive linemen in the game.
You talk to guys like Howie Long and Matt Millen who had to go against Big Ed. They hated it.”
“Big Ed was probably the best all-around offensive lineman in the league in terms of
run blocking and pass blocking,” said Dennis McKnight, a center/guard for the Chargers from 1982-88.
For almost all of us finding our ways through this life after the NFL experience presents many challenges, socially, monetarily, emotionally and physically. As wonderful as our 15 seconds of fame can be, the fall from the stage of football can be devastating.
The powerful impact that we have as a voice of the men that have gone through this is awesome.
I take my hat off to the guys like Brent, Ditka, Bernie, Bruce and many more that are fighting for the ex players rights and the future ex players.
As one of my former o-line players, Kyle Turley said to me while he was still an NFL Player, "We are all headed for the same end."
When you are in the moment our long term vision is not 20-20 however, and we were all focused on the present.
It is wonderful to see the change that is slowly happening.
I know that it doesn't seem fast enought but it we stay a solid voice from one corner of the country to the other the changes will someday effect us all.
This is only the first quarter of the fight.
There are some of us that won't see the end of this struggle, and the players that will benifit the most are still playing. But it is important that we keep solidly behind the effort.
My thoughts on a new DIGNITY AFTER FOOTBALL logo: a man looking upward holding his head up high.
Behind him the shadow of a man in pads and helmet with fans arms waving at his feet all in shadow.
I want to illustrate the dramatic change our lives goes through as players to people.
Hang in there boys this will be a long one but a very rewarding one.
Big Ed White
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