DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that there was more to Byron R. White than being a football legend? On and off the field, he has made a hallmark on both politics and sports. Before he was even branded the "Whizzer White", it all began with his time as a football player in the University of Colorado. He was an all-American and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Due to his stellar football performance, he was able to play pro-ball. Interestingly enough, was the highest-paid football player earning $15,000. Unfortunately, he only played in the NFL for three years under the Pittsburgh Pirates and Detroit Lions. He was on top of his game as an athlete. But, at the peak of his career, he stepped away to pursue service in the Navy and a career in law.
While he was in the Navy, Byron won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University where he continued his academic success and graduated magna cum laude from Yale Law school. His educational attainment brought him to the Davis Graham & Stubbs law firm where he worked for 15 years. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy himself named him into the Supreme Court. He became one of the youngest people ever to be nominated to the Supreme Court. He was also one of the longest-serving justices. For Pittsburgh Steelers fans, there is much to celebrate when it comes to the game of football. Six Super Bowls and countless Hall-of-Fame players is an outstanding legacy. But, there is also a lot to be proud of off-field such as the story of former Pittsburgh player, Byron R. White.