William White has died. The Detroit Lions, one of the late athlete NFL teams he played for during his time in the league, announced his death on Twitter on Thursday. White, who had been battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for six years, was 56.
“We share in the sadness we feel throughout the NFL community today following the news of William White’s passing,” the Lions wrote. “Draught by the Lions in the fourth round of the 1988 draft out of Ohio State, White played 6 seasons in Detroit (1988–1993) and appeared in 95 games (79 starts) for the club.”
Chris Spielman, special assistant to the team’s president/CEO and chairman, also issued a statement following White’s death.
“I loved William. We shared experiences of joy and sorrow on and off the field. He was my brother and always will be,” Spielman’s statement read. “I’m forever grateful for that special moment last year when he was able to be by my side during the Lions’ pride ceremony at Ford Field. I can’t wait to see him again when he’s free of ALS. God bless Wish his family rest in peace.”
White’s son, Brendan White, retweeted the Lions’ post and included a message of his own.
“I love you dad! Keep looking down on us I know you’ll watch over and protect us,” he wrote. “I promise with all my heart that you will see me in the NFL jersey as we promised each other! We love and miss you! I promise to make you proud. You have always taught me that nothing or nothing determines my success.”
After his time in Detroit, White, a safety, played for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Atlanta Falcons. After playing 170 games in 11 seasons in the league, he retired from the NFL in 1998.
White is survived by his wife Nicole and three children: William Jr., Brendan and Bray.
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