Crazy Canton Cuts : Ed White

JW NixSenior Writer IIJune 15, 2009

Ed White
6'1" 269
Offensive Guard
Minnesota Vikings
1969 - 1985   (17 Seasons)
241 Games Played
4 Pro Bowls

Edward Alvin White was drafted in the second round of the 1969 AFL/NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He was the 39th player picked overall. Ed White's high school stadium is named Ed White Stadium.

In college, White played for the University of California, Berkeley Golden Bears. He was a noseguard for the famous "Bear Minimum" defense that allowed opponents an average of only 3.6 yards per play.

White was selected a consensus All-American player in 1968 for defense. White was also used as a receiver and quarterback on occasion.

Ed White was inducted into the University of California, Berkeley Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993. White is also a member of the East-West Shrine Game Hall of Fame, Breitbard Hall of Fame, and College Football Hall of Fame.

White was then switched to Left Offensive Guard, against his wishes, after being drafted. He earned the starting job mid-way into his second year. He also ended up playing defensive tackle towards the end of the 1970 season, after injuries ravaged the defensive line.

White would go on to team with Hall of Fame Left Tackle Ron Yary, and Center Mick Tingelhoff, to give the Vikings one of the best offensive lines in the NFL during the 1970's.

The Vikings would appear in four Super Bowls during Whites tenure in Minnesota. Three appearances were between 1973 to 1976. The Vikings won the last NFL Championship in 1969, before the NFL-AFL merger.

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In 1974, he was named the the UPI second team all-conference, and was named by the Newspaper Ent. Association's first team All-NFL.

Before 1975, White was switched to Right Guard and was named to his first Pro Bowl that year. He would be named to the Pro Bowl the following two seasons as well. In 1977, White was injured and was only able to start eight games.

Before the 1978 season, he was traded to the San Diego Chargers for running back Rickey Young. He would earn his last Pro Bowl nod in 1979, and was one of the first players to be named to the Pro Bowl from both the AFC and the NFC in his career.

White played with the Chargers until 1985. When injuries hit the Chargers offensive line in 1984, White ended up starting at right tackle for 13 games. White would then be moved to left guard for his final NFL season, and started every game.

He was named the Chargers Offensive Lineman of the Year from 1983 to 1985.

Ed White was named San Diego Charger Hall of Fame in 2004.

Ed White was more than a versatile athlete. He was extremely athletic, and incredibly strong.

White was the the NFL arm–wrestling champion as well. White has said he hasn't lost an arm-wrestling match since he was in high school to a man 200 lbs heavier than him.

He was also noted for his exceptional intelligence on the field. He came from an educated family, and his brother is a world renown expert and physician in anesthesiology.

Ed White is an artist who also holds a degree in landscape architecture. White has often said he disliked playing on the offensive side of the line, and thought he would have been a much better player on defense.

Still, he was one of the best in his era. Many of his contemporaries have long said Ed White belongs in Canton. White also made his teammates better just by practicing against him daily.

Hall of Fame defensive tackle Alan Page, Gary "Big Hands" Johnson, Louie Kelcher, and Hall of Fame defensive end's Carl Eller and Fred Dean all have praised White for making them better players.

He is universally considered as one of the finest offensive line coaches on any level of the game.

White has both college and pro coaching experience as he spent seven seasons coaching in the NFL, working with the San Diego Chargers from 1986-87 and 1989-91, the Los Angeles Rams in 1988 and 1998 with the St. Louis Rams.

He also spent four seasons as the offensive line coach of San Diego State under Ted Tollner from 1994 to 1997.

While with the Aztecs, he developed several lightly recruited players into accomplished collegians, including NFL first round draft choice Kyle Turley with the New Orleans Saints and Ephraim Salaam with the Atlanta Falcons.

Both were rookie starters in the NFL. White returned to Cal to coach the offensive line from 1999-2001.

White was called by Turley, "the best coach I ever had at any level." 

He has recently coached at San Diego State in 2005.

Ed White was one of the most complete offensive guards in the NFL throughout his career. Stats for guys who play his position are ignored by most.

The most a fan notices a guard is when he makes a mistake.

A big mistake has been made for years, and still continues on to this day. The culprits are those who vote for the Pro Football Hall Of Fame.

Ed White may not be remembered by many of them, but he is certainly respected by those who played against him, or watched him play.

It is time to correct the mistake of not having inducted Ed White into Canton.

Notable Players Drafted In 1969  (* Denotes Canton Inductee)

1. O.J. Simpson, RB, Buffalo *
2. George Kuntz, OT, Atlanta
4. Joe Greene, DT, Pittsburgh *
7. Ted Kwalick, TE, San Francisco
11. Bill Stanfill, DE, Miami
13. Fred Dryer, DE, NY Giants
14. Rufus Mayes, OT, Chicago
15. Ron Pritchard, LB, Houston Oilers
16. Gene Washington, WR, San Francisco
18. Bob Babich, LB, San Diego
19. Roger Wehrli, CB, St. Louis Cardinals *
20. Ron Johnson, RB, Cleveland
21. Bob Klein, TE, LA Rams
24. Calvin Hill, RB, Dallas
26. Dave Foley, OT, NY Jets
31. Bill Bergey, LB, Cincinnati
32. Mike Montler, C, Boston Patriots
33. Ted Hendricks, LB, Baltimore *
34. Altie Taylor, RB, Denver
37. Bob Heinz, DT, Miami
41. Bobby Douglass, QB, Chicago
42. Warren Bankston, RB, Pittsburgh
45. Richard Neal, DE, New Orleans
47. Jim Yarbrough, OT, Detroit
48. Ed Podolak, RB, Kansas City
50. George Bueler, G, Oakland
56. Jon Kolb, C, Pittsburgh
58. Carl Garrett, RB, Boston Patriots
59. Larry Walton, WR, Detroit
61. Bill Thompson, DB, Denver
63. Eugene "Mercury" Morris, RB, Miami
65. Elbert Drungo, OT, Houston Oilers
69. Bill Bradley, S, Philadelphia
80. Bob Kuechenberg, OG, Philadelphia
81. Jim Mitchell, TE, Atlanta
93. Charlie Joiner, WR, Houston *
96. Roy Gerela, K, Houston
99. John Zook, DE, LA Rams
101. Jack Rudnay, C, Kansas City
120. Earl Edwards, DT, San Francisco
124. Fair Hooker, WR, Cleveland
126. Bob Stein, LB, Kansas City
135. Ken Riley, QB, Cincinnati
139. Harold McLinton, LB, Washington
191. Larry Brown, RB, Washington
192. James Harris, QB, Buffalo
238. L.C. Greenwood, DE, Pittsburgh
250. David Chapple, P, San Francisco
262. Jeff Van Note, LB, Atlanta
273. John Fuqua, RB, NY Giants
283. Sweeny Williams, DE, Dallas
314. Wade Key, G, Philadelphia
337. Carl Mauck, LB, Baltimore
338. Steve O'Neal, P, NY Jets
364. Roger Finnie, OT, NY Jets
379. Don Herrman, WR, NY Giants
401. Lloyd Mumphord, DB, Miami