1979 Heisman Trophy winner Charles White dies at 64
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USC football legend Charles White died on Wednesday in Newport Beach, Calif. at the age of 64, the school announced. White had been battling liver cancer.
The former running back was a standout for the Trojans from 1976-1979. He rushed for 6,245 yards during his career, which remains a school record. He led the NCAA in carries and yards in both 1978 and 1979. White was named the Rose Bowl Player of the Game at the end of both seasons and won the Heisman Trophy in 1979.
#FightOnForever, Charles White.
The 1979 Heisman Trophy winner, who won a national championship with USC in 1978 and went on to make the College Football Hall of Fame, died today in Newport Beach. He was 64. pic.twitter.com/iH0ANvslSM
— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) January 12, 2023
White spent the last few years of his life in an assisted living facility, according to the Los Angeles Times.
After his time at USC, White became a first-round draft pick by the Cleveland Browns in 1980 and then signed with the Los Angeles Rams in 1985, who were coached by his college coach, John Robinson.
John Robinson on Charles White: He was the toughest player I’ve ever coached. 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!” https://t.co/VawNUQQXAV
— Adam Grosbard (@AdamGrosbard) January 12, 2023
White’s standout season in the NFL came in 1987 with the Rams when he rushed for 1,374 yards on 324 carries, scoring 11 touchdowns, all of which were league-high marks.
In addition to being a football star, he was a high school track star at San Fernando in the Los Angeles area.
White is survived by his five children.