Steve White, a former NFL defensive end, has died at the age of 48. During his career, White played for both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Jets,
White passed away following a battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He posted on Twitter updates of his long battle with cancer. In April he tweeted that he was in need of a bone marrow transplant.
“Hi. Many of you know that I have been dealing with a cancer (CLL) diagnosis over the last 8 years. I am now at a point where I need to go through a bone marrow transplant. It is something I knew would eventually have to happen since 2017 and now that day is actually here,” he wrote.
Hi. Many of you know that I have been dealing with a cancer (CLL) diagnosis over the last 8 years. I am now at a point where I need to go through a bone marrow transplant. It is something I knew would eventually have to happen since 2017 and now that day is actually here.
— Stephen White (@sgw94) April 6, 2022
“I’m fortunate to have a wonderful big brother who is both a match and willing to donate, but many people aren’t as fortunate,” he added. “Black people, in particular, are severely under-represented on bone marrow registries. All it takes is a swab and you might be able to save a life.”
In another post in April, White mentioned that he was entering the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, This was to start the process of the bone marrow transplant, expecting to be at the facility for several weeks.
The former footballer was a dominant defensive player in college with the University of Tennessee. He played there from 1992 to 1995, helping them end 11-1 in his last year. The Volunteers ranked third in the nation in the season’s final AP poll.
During his career with the Volunteers, White recorded 105 tackles, 20 sacks, and 16 tackles for a loss.
— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) July 3, 2015
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers picked White in the sixth round of the 1996 draft. He retired after playing seven seasons, six with the buccaneers and his last with the New York Jets.
His last pro season ranked as White’s best. His record that season was six sacks, four tackles for a loss, and 25 overall tackles to end his NFL career.
Several former NFL and college teammates offered tributes online after hearing the news of White’s death.
Warren Sapp, an NFL hall of famer was among those who tweeted their condolences regarding his former teammate.
“RIP Steve White #94 in your Program but #1 in Our hearts!!” he tweeted.
— Warren Sapp (@WarrenSapp) August 31, 2022
“Just heard my former teammate @sgw94 passed away,” former Buccaneers quarterback Shaun King tweeted. “Condolences to his family and loved ones. Always had an encouraging word for me when I was a young player with the @Buccaneers.”
— shaun king (@realshaunking) August 31, 2022
“#RIP to my road game roommate @sgw94,” former teammate Tyoka Jackson tweeted. “My condolences go out to his wife, children, family and friends. The memories, the fun, the conversations will never be forgotten.”
— Tyoka Jackson (@Tyknowsfootball) August 31, 2022