ASU Football: 'All-Sun Devils first team' quarterback

When it comes to the greatest Sun Devil to line up under center, there can only be one - Danny White

This is the one many of you have probably been waiting for. Who is the greatest signal caller in the history of Arizona State football? We named Jake Plummer as our second team quarterback which was a tough choice given his contributions while in Tempe. Without any further delay, we wrap our "All-Sun Devils first team" offense with the quarterback.

Danny White: He came to Arizona State to play baseball and was recruited by then head coach Frank Kush to be a punter for the football team. When White left Arizona State, he left as the greatest quarterback in school history.

White came to Arizona State with the added pressure of being the son of a Sun Devil legend. His father Wilford "Whizzer" White, was one of the greatest running backs school history, and was the first Sun Devil to ever be named an All-American back in 1950.

White struggled at first to live up to his father's legacy. He suffered a broken arm in his freshman season, and there was little hope from Sun Devil fans that he would emerge as a legitimate starting quarterback.

However, White was able to win the starting job his sophomore year and prove critics wrong. White led the Sun Devils to an 11-1 record and a win in the Fiesta Bowl. White did not put up astonishing numbers, as he threw for 1,643 yards and 17 touchdowns, but he proved that he was a winner.

As a junior, White continued to improve. He threw for 1930 yards and 21 touchdowns, and rushed for seven touchdowns. That season, the Sun Devils finished 10-2, and capped off the season with another Fiesta Bowl win. 

In his final season under center, White continued to dazzle. The Sun Devils finished 11-1, and won an unprecedented third straight Fiesta Bowl. White put up his most impressive stats to date throwing for 2,609 yards and 23 touchdowns. He also added 253 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. That was good enough for second in the nation in total offense.

For his efforts, White was named the Western Athletic Conference offensive player of the year and he also finished in the top ten in Heisman Trophy voting.

Overall, White compiled a 32-4 record as a starter and never lost a game to Arizona.

Pro Career:

White was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round of the 1974 draft. However, he chose to join the Memphis Southmen of the World Football League, because the Cowboys were mainly interested in his punting abilities. White played for the Southmen for two seasons, but signed with the Cowboys after the WFL folded in 1976.

In White's six years as a starter, he led the Cowboys to three NFC East Division Championships and five playoff appearances. He retired as the franchise's single-season leader in touchdowns (29) and completions (334).

Following his playing career, White became the head coach of the Arena League's Arizona Rattlers. He led the team to two Arena Bowl championships.

White is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Arena Football Hall of Fame, and the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame. His number 11 has been retired at Arizona State.

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