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On 11/11/11, Remember A Legendary 11: Danny White

Danny White, a #11 that matters (Photo: ASU)
Danny White, a #11 that matters (Photo: ASU)

As you may have gathered from the deluge of worthless hype, today is November 11th in the year 2011, thereby making it 11/11/11.

Hooray! That and $200 will get you an iPhone 4S with a two-year contract.

However, on this day of 11, let's take a quick look back at an 11 that is so much more than hype--ASU's legendary quarterback, Danny White.

After a stellar career at Mesa's Westwood High School, White stayed in town to play for the mighty Sun Devils and head coach Frank Kush. White was a second generation Sun Devil, as he was following in the footsteps of his father and ASU football legend Wilford "Whizzer" White.

He took over as the starter in 1971, throwing for 1,643 yards and 17 touchdowns, which was the third highest total in school history. More importantly, he led that squad to an 11-1 record and a Fiesta Bowl win over Florida State.

White again led the team to a Fiesta Bowl victory in 1972, this time over Missouri. He took a major step forward as a quarterback, breaking John Torok's ASU single-season touchdown pass record with 23. That performance earned White an honorable mention spot on the All-WAC team.

As terrific as those first two seasons were, White saved the very best for last.

White emerged as one of the truly elite passers in the nation in 1973. He smashed Torok's passing yardage record by throwing for 2,878 yards and broke his own single-season passing touchdown record with 24. He led the 11-1 Sun Devils to yet another Fiesta Bowl win, this time a decisive 28-7 victory over Pittsburgh. In recognition of that dominate season, White was named a second-team All-American.

At the time of his graduation, White was the school's all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns by wide margins. His 32-4 record as a starter is an accomplishment not likely to be touched.

After his time at Arizona State, White moved on to a successful professional career, first with the Memphis Southmen of the WFL before moving on to the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL for a successful 13-year career.

White is one of the true legends in Sun Devil history, and his place was secured when his number 11 was retired by the school, only one of four such players--the others being Pat Tillman (42), Bobby Mulgado (27) and White's own father Whizzer White (33)--to receive such honor.

So while looking over a calendar in faux-amazement today, Sun Devil fans should take a few moments to appreciate one of the all-time greats of any number.