Pat White was an absolute monster of a quarterback while at West Virginia, being named first-team all-Big East three times and leading the Mountaineers to four bowl-game victories (YouTube highlights set to Kanye West here). He is one of only five players in the history of Division-I (or FBS) football to run for 1,000 yards and pass for 1,000 yards in a season, and is also the only player to accomplish the feat multiple times.
Unfortunately for those that loved cheering him on in college, White’s pro career has been a disappointment (with its nadir being the time when he was cut in 2011 from a United Football League team). However, the Washington Redskins have decided to take a chance on White, hoping he can help the team run the read-option while Robert Griffin III rehabs his knee.
While talking with Redskins.com, White expressed excitement about this new opportunity:
I feel like the Redskins chose me. I put myself out there to find the right situation, and I felt like this is the best fit for me. The way they ran the offense really excited me. And I was just happy for them to give me an opportunity. There are some other teams that are using [the read-option], and I can also help the Redskins prepare for other teams that run it.
White also said that, while he’d prefer to play quarterback, he wouldn’t be above undergoing a position change if it’d help the team win.