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Saturday, June 07, 2008

Dwight White, Former Steeler Defensive Lineman, Dies at 58

One of the leaders of the Steel Curtain defense is dead at 58.

The lead article points out that about 40 former Steelers have died since 2000, with roughly half of them dying at the age of 59 or younger. This is a sad statistic and raises all sorts of questions about the toll playing football for so long and then living without football takes on a former player.

From all accounts, White had a good, albeit way too short, life, working as an investment professional after his years in the National Football League, where he was known as a consummate competitor. Still, to lose such a good man so young is very sad.

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