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Former Lions, Ohio State safety William White dies at 56 after battle with ALS

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William White, pictured here in 2021, died Thursday at age 56 after a long battle with ALS. (Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

Former Detroit Lions quarterback William White died Thursday night, the team said.

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White, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2016, was 56 years old.

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“I loved William. We shared joy and sorrow on and off the field,” Special Assistant to Lions President and CEO Chris Spielman said in a statement about his former teammate.

“I am infinitely grateful for the special moment last year when he was able to be by my side during the Pride of the Lions ceremony at Ford Field. Can’t wait to see him again once he’s free of ALS. May God’s peace be with his family.”

White played in the league from 1988 to 1998, the first for the Lions after they selected him in the fourth round of the draft from Ohio State. White spent his first six seasons in Detroit and made 79 starts, recording 450 tackles and 13 interceptions. In the 1990 season, he had 106 tackles and five interceptions, a career high.

White then ended his career with three years with the Kansas City Chiefs and two years with the Atlanta Hawks.

In 2016, White was diagnosed with ALS.

“One of the things I always told my kids is that you can’t control it, don’t worry about it. The things that you can control, you go there, you fight, you do all the hard work that you can to make that change, to make it right,” White said. Eleven Warriors in 2018 about his diagnosis. “There is nothing I can do to cure it by tomorrow. No need to worry about it, get angry or anything like that. You live your life. Nobody guarantees next year. So, you live every day that you have, and it will happen when it happens, but you do the work to help fight the cause… You never know, so you just live every day. Every day that I have is a real blessing for me.”



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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