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RMAC to honor 'Whizzer'

COLORADO SPRINGS — Former Supreme Court justice Byron "Whizzer" White will be inducted into the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Hall of Fame on July 14, the conference announced Saturday.

White is regarded as one of the best athletes and students at the University of Colorado, which was in the RMAC when White played for the Buffs. He led the nation in rushing with 1,121 yards in 1937 and led the Buffs to a win over Rice in the 1938 Cotton Bowl. White was also a .400 hitter on the baseball team, and a starter on the Buffs basketball team that went to the NIT. White was also student body president and a Rhodes scholar.

The All-American was the first round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates (now Steelers), and led the NFL in rushing. White was also named to the NFL's all-decade team of the 1940s.

But his biggest accomplishment was being appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1962. He served until retiring in 1993. White died in April 2002 in Denver.

The rest of the 2007 class includes DeMarcos Anzures (basketball, Metro State), Jon Baskin (basketball, Mesa State), J.W. Campbell (administration, Western State), Pam DeCosta (basketball, Mesa State) and Bill Noxon (football coach, Western State). The 1972, 1973, 1975 and 1976 Adams State Wrestling NAIA national championship teams will also be inducted.

The ceremony will be at the Silverwood Hotel and Conference Center in Colorado Springs.


Posted by gruddlypod on February 25, 2007 at 9:14 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Always good to see a Buffalo honored for his accomplishments. Incidentally, Rice won the 1938 Cotton Bowl 28-14.

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