Back on september 19, 2010, we posted the report that former West Virginia quarterback and all around school record holder was giving up his dreams of playing any further in the NFL after being cut by the Miami Dolphins. White having been a baseball standout all throughout high school and being picked multiple times in the MLB Amateur Draft, went on to sign a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals.
After spending just a short while in the Royals minor league system the former Mountaineer quarterback has decided to ended his pursuit of a career in baseball. He participated in the Arizona Instructional League and was assigned to the Burlington Royals but found hitting a curveball even in the minor league level was no easy task.
White led the Mountaineers to four consecutive bowl victories while running for 5,576 yards and passing for over 6,000 in his Mountaineer career.
After a failed experiment in the NFL, former Miami Dolphins quarterback Pat White will try his hand at professional baseball. White, who was cut by Miami last weekend, signed a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals. The former West Virginia star has been picked multiple times in the MLB Amateur Draft, most recently by the New York Yankees in 2009.
Since his release came in the last round of cuts and his 13 appearances last season make him ineligible for a practice squad spot, White generated “no interest” in the free agent market. The 24-year-old still plans to pursue a career in the NFL in 2011, and the Royals will show some flexibility to see that he has that option.
The Dolphins drafted White 44th overall in 2009, thinking his athleticism and versatility would make him a great addition to the team’s unique Wildcat offense. However, White struggled to adjust to the professional game and was rarely used outside the formation.
White was a baseball standout all throughout high school, but turned down a six-figure salary offer from the Anaheim Angels to play college football at West Virginia.
For now, money isn’t an issue with Miami Dolphins wide receiver Davone Bess who said his jersey number of 15 is not for sale for newly acquired Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall.
Marshall who was recently traded from the Denver Broncos and signed the richest contract ever for a receiver won’t have his traditional number 15 jersey to start the season. It already belongs to third year receiver Bess said he won’t be giving up the number to the team’s new receiver, even if Marshall were to offer him money for it. Bess agent, Kenny Zuckerman, wrote in an email to the Miami Herald:
“No sale! He loves that number and wants to keep it. Seriously, it’s not about money. He sincerely won’t sell it.”
But we’ve heard these stances taken before and suddenly the preacher no longer is wearing his love-fest number. Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis paid Ifeanyi Ohalete $38,000 for number 26 upon joining the Redskins in 2004.
Does Marshall even really care enough about the number 15 to pay for since he wore the number 6 in college at the University of Central Florida? However that number is already occupied by quarterback Pat White. Maybe Marshall should just go with number 1 since no other receiver is being paid more than him.