Former Royal, Marlins Minor Leaguer Pat White Makes Washington Redskins Roster


Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

We don’t often see many individuals who are talented enough to compete professionally in more than one sport. Even fewer have succeeded in doing so and an even smaller segment from there have made big names for themselves while doing so. That lack of success hasn’t stopped individuals from trying, as one of these two-sport athletes is once again making headlines.

With the NFL regular season upon us, teams had a Saturday afternoon deadline to trim their rosters down to 53 players. Pat White survived the final set of cuts, earning his way onto the Washington Redskins roster, as he strives to return to the NFL field after three years away from the game. White will serve as some added quarterback depth for the Redskins behind Kirk Cousins and Rex Grossman. Robert Griffin III is expected to be fully healthy after undergoing surgery on his knee during his rookie year last season, but White offers some added protection just in case he’s unable to hold up.

2009 was White’s lone season in the NFL. He’d been taken by the Miami Dolphins in the 2nd Round of the 2009 Draft and came into camp competing for the team’s starting quarterback job. He’d also be used in a wildcat formation as a receiving option, given his athleticism and the style of play he’d become accustomed to in college. Miami would cut White prior to the following season and he’s been out of the NFL since.

Having been a standout at West Virginia in baseball as well as football, White elected to pursue a career in baseball. He agreed to a minor league deal with the Kansas City Royals just a week after being released by the Dolphins. White would participate in the team’s fall instructional league, but failed to impress enough for the team to bring him back in 2011. White received an offer for a minor league deal with the Miami Marlins that following Spring but would never actually appear in a game in Miami’s system.