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Russell White
White in November 2008
No. 44     
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1970-12-15) December 15, 1970 (age 50)
Place of birth: Pacoima, California
High School: Encino (CA) Crespi Carmelite
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 216 lb (98 kg)
Career information
College: California
NFL Draft: 1993 / Round: 3 / Pick: 73
Debuted in 1993 for the Los Angeles Rams
Last played in 1995 for the Green Bay Packers
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
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Russell Lamar White (born December 15, 1970) is a former American college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for a single season in 1993. White played college football for the University of California, Berkeley, and was recognized as an All-American. Thereafter, he played professionally for the NFL's Los Angeles Rams.

Early years

White was born in Pacoima, California.[1] He graduated from Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, California,[2] where he played for the Crespi Carmelite Celts high school football team. As a sophomore tailback in 1986, he led the team to a state championship, rushing for 256 yards in the championship game.[3] Slowed by injuries as a senior in 1988, he still gained 1,379 yards on the ground, caught 43 passes for 529 yards, scored 25 touchdowns, and was named to California Football's all-state team.[4] He completed his three high school seasons with 5,998 rushing yards, 94 touchdowns and 568 points—all California state high school records.[4] In 1986 and again in 1987, he was recognized as a high school All-American by USA Today and Scholastic Coach, and was also a two-time Cal Hi Sports California High School Football Player of the Year.

College career

White received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of California, Berkeley, where he played for the California Golden Bears football team from 1990 through 1992.[5] He enrolled in 1989, but was ineligible to play as a freshman under the NCAA's Proposition 48 because he did not score high enough on the SAT college entrance exam. Subsequently diagnosed as suffering from dyslexia, he received tutoring and qualified academically to play in 1990. In the Bears' 1990 season opener against the Miami Hurricanes on September 15, the first time he ever touched the ball in a college game, he returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown.[6] As a junior in 1991, he rushed for 1,177 yards and 14 touchdowns,[6] and was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American, having received first-team honors from the Football Writers Association of America and the Walter Camp Foundation.

During his three-season college career, he amassed 3,367 yards and a 5.1 yards-per-carry average to become the Golden Bears' all-time rushing leader.[6] He also scored 35 touchdowns on the ground—the most career rushing touchdowns in team history—and compiled fifteen games in which he rushed for 100 yards or more.[6] White graduated from the university in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in social welfare, and was inducted into the University of California Hall of Fame in 2003.[5]

Professional career

The Los Angeles Rams selected White in the third round of the 1993 NFL Draft,[7] and he played for the Rams for a single season in 1993.[8] He appeared in five games for the Rams, primarily as a kick returner.[8] He later signed with the Green Bay Packers in 1995, but played in no regular season games.[1]

Post-playing career

White was the athletic director and head football coach at Desert Chapel High School in Palm Springs, California where he led the Eagles to back to back CIF Division titles in 2002 and 2003. White is now a teacher and was hired as the new head football coach at Castlemont High School in Oakland, California on April 30, 2010.

White is the nephew of former University of Southern California running back and Heisman Trophy winner Charles White, and the cousin of former UCLA and San Francisco 49er defensive back and kick returner Kermit Alexander.


  1. 1.0 1.1 National Football League, Historical Players, Russell White. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  2., Players, Russell White. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  3. Eric Sondheimer, "The Valley's Best Team Ever? : Crespi Is The Only Area Squad To Have Won A Division I Title," Daily News (October 11, 1996). Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Crespi's White Tops Valley Picks for Shrine Game," Los Angeles Times (January 19, 1989). Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  5. 5.0 5.1 California Golden Bears, Traditions, University of California Hall of Fame. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 2007 California Golden Bears Football Media Guide, Records, University of California Athletic Department, Berkeley, California, pp. 127, 128, 129, 135, 136, 139, 141, 149 (2007). Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  7. Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1992 National Football League Draft. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  8. 8.0 8.1, Players, Russell White. Retrieved February 25, 2012.