- Former Dallas Cowboys Quarterback
- Dallas Cowboy from 1976 to 1989
- Former Utah Blaze and Arizona Rattlers Head Coach/GM
In 1976, White joined the Dallas Cowboys and the NFL. White's leadership skills as a quarterback were evident when he broke the Dallas Cowboys' single-season touchdown passing record (29 TDs) in his first year as a starter (1980). The Cowboys went to the playoffs five times, and won three NFC East titles with White takingread the rest
Danny White resigned as the head coach of the Utah Blaze in August 2008, marking his 16th year as an Arena football league head coach.White joined the Blaze in 2006 for their inaugural season where he coached the team to a 7-9 regular-season record. The Blaze also qualified for the postseason in each of their first three years. White now boasts an AFL overall coaching record of 162-93 and a postseason record of 20-13. White, who is a member of four Halls of Fame (Arizona Sports, Arizona State, College Football and Arena Football), is second in all-time wins.
White, a living legend of football in Arizona, served as the first head coach and general manager of the Rattlers until 2004. He was named Arena Football League Coach of the Year in only his second season as head coach (1993). In 13 seasons, White led the Rattlers to ArenaBowl berths in 1994, 1997, 2002, 2003 and 2004, emerging as the ArenaBowl Champions in 1994 and 1997. White finished his career with the Rattlers with an overall record of 141-65 (.684) ranking him No. 2 all-time in Arena Football history. He became an inductee for the Arena Football Hall of Fame class of 2002.
One of the finest motivators of the game, White’s style has proven to be successful. White began his playing days at Mesa’s Westwood High, his collegiate career at Arizona State, and on through his professional career first with the Memphis Southmen of the World Football League, and then in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys. Those fans of White know his intense desire for excellence. They also know that if Danny White was anything, he was a winner.
Throughout his career as a player, White set seven NCAA passing records. In 1973, his passing and running game placed him second in the nation in total offense (387-721). Sports Illustrated named White as the second-best rated collegiate quarterback of all-time, behind only STEVE YOUNG. The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame honored White in 1997 as an inductee into the College Hall of Fame.
In addition to the AFL Hall of Fame and the NCAA Hall of Fame, White has been inducted into the State of Arizona Sports Hall of Fame and the Arizona State University Hall of Fame where his jersey number (11) was retired. White was also named Arizona Athlete of the Century in 2000 by the Arizona Republic.
In 1976, White joined the Dallas Cowboys and the NFL. White’s leadership skills as a quarterback were evident when he broke the Dallas Cowboys’ single-season touchdown passing record (29 TDs) in his first year as a starter (1980). The Cowboys went to the playoffs five times, and won three NFC East titles with White taking the snaps. He ended his career as the team’s most accurate passer, setting Cowboys’ single-season records for completions (334) and touchdown passes (29). He still holds eight Cowboys’ records. Tom Landry, the legendary former head coach of the Cowboys said, “Danny White was probably as fine a winner as we have had in football.”
After retiring from the game, White provided analyst commentary for the Fox Sports Pac-10 Game of the Week and traveled around the country as an inspirational public speaker. White and his wife JoLynn have four children; Ryan, Geoff, Heather and Reed. They also have eight grandchildren. Aside from White enjoying family time, he stays actively involved in the community, donating his time and efforts to various charities.
Dallas Cowboys Statistics Passing 1,761-2950 (59.7%)21,959 Yards155 TDs132 INTsTeam Records:Most four-or-more TD-pass games in a career (8)Most Pass Attempts in a season (533)Completions in a season (334)Touchdowns (29) in a seasonPassing yards (3,980) in a seasonBest Single Game Pass Percentage (21-24, 87.5%)Most pass attempts (53) and completions (32) in a playoff gameMost punts (11) in a game and a career (612)Arizona State Sun Devils StatisticsPassing 387-721 (53.7%)6,717 Yards64 TDs42 INTsread less