Dwight was born in Virginia, raised in Dallas, TX and graduated from East Texas State. He was drafted by the Steelers in 1971, and become an institution on the team as a member of the notorious "Steel Curtain". Dwight played in all four Steeler Super Bowls in the 70's. He has the distinction of leaving a hospital bed to come to Super Bowl IX and score the first points of the game by tackling for a safety in the Viking end zone. He also has the honor of scoring the first safety in Super Bowl history! Along with the other members of the Steelers defense, Dwight had quite a reputation for making life miserable for opposing quarterbacks throughout the 70's.
After retiring from the NFL in 1980, Dwight began his next career in the financial world, starting as a stockbroker and most recently a Senior Managing Director in Public Finance for Mesirow Financial. He also has been and involved with many local charities over the years including the Salvation Army, Goodwill Industries, the Boy Scouts of America, PACE School and Rebuilding Pittsburgh. Dwight served as Chairman of the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and was a member of the board of trustees for Seton Hill University. In addition to his work and charity involvement, he was often in demand as a motivational speaker for many organizations and corporations.
He has made Pittsburgh his home and where he resided with his wife Karen and daughter, Stacey.
Dwight White 75th Season Bio
It will go down as one of the most courageous efforts on a football field in NFL history. After arriving in New Orleans a week before Super Bowl IX, Dwight White was diagnosed with severe pneumonia complicated by pleurisy, a lung infection. White spent the week in a hospital being pumped with antibiotics and losing 18 pounds, but he showed up on a wet, 46-degree day and played virtually the whole game. Seven of the Vikings' first eight running plays attacked the right side of the Steelers defense, and White made three tackles for a grand total of no yards gained. The Vikings finished with 17 yards on 21 rushing plays, and White scored the game's first points when he covered Fran Tarkenton in the end zone for a safety. Nicknamed "Mad Dog" for his intensity, White was voted to two Pro Bowls (after the 1973 and 1974 seasons), and his 46 sacks is seventh in team history. From 1972-75, White had 33.5 sacks and he capped that era with three sacks against Dallas in Super Bowl X.