Former Heisman Trophy winner and Los Angeles Rams running back Charles White died at the age of 64 on Wednesday.
White is the career rushing leader in USC Trojans history, gaining 6,245 yards during his time at the school. He won the Heisman Trophy in 1979 when he rushed for 2,050 yards and 19 touchdowns, while adding 145 yards receiving on 22 catches.
“Charles White was one of the all-time great Trojans,” said USC athletic director Mike Bohn. “A Rose Bowl legend, a two-time unanimous All-American and a NCAA record setter, he made USC proud donning the Cardinal and Gold. He will always be remembered by the Trojan Family for the history he made on the football field and the legacy he left at Troy. Fight On Forever!”
Following a decorated and successful career with the Trojans, White went on to be a first-round pick in 1980, being selected by the Cleveland Browns. He spent five years with the Browns, including the 1983 season that he missed due to an ankle injury, rushing for 942 yards and nine touchdowns in that span.
He then landed with the Rams in 1985 and put together a fantastic season in his third year in Los Angeles. In 1987, White rushed for a league-high 1,374 yards and 11 touchdowns, earning Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro honors. He led the NFL with 347 total touches, as well.
White was inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995 and is also a College Football Hall of Famer, being inducted a year later in 1996.
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