It’s no secret that Pat White will forever be remembered as one of the greatest Mountaineers ever to play at WVU. However, whenever White’s #5 will be retired, remains a secret.
Pat White played quarterback at WVU from 2005-2008. He took WVU to four straight bowl games and was victorious in all of them — something very few have done. White finished his career in Morgantown with 10,500 all purpose yards, 103 total touchdowns and completed 65% of his pass attempts. He finished 6th in the Heisman Trophy voting in 2007 and 7th in 2008.
White started a total of 40 games during his 4 year career. He is the sixth most winning quarterback in NCAA history with a career record of 35-8, while finishing his illustrious career 10-3 vs ranked opponents. If you take a glance at the Big East record book, you’ll see White’s named littered throughout including the most touchdowns by any player.
In 2009, White was selected 44th overall in 2nd round of the NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins, but was unable to find longevity in the league due to injuries. He suffered a concussion and was knocked out of a game vs the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010 and was never the same after the hit.
So, after hearing some of White’s many accolades, one would assume that he is one of the three players with their jersey number retired. However, he isn’t and former WVU star and now analyst, Pat McAfee thinks it’s time to add him to the exclusive group.
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) October 9, 2019
This was a facebook post from former tight end, Tito Gonzales. McAfee agreed with him and then tweeted back with the #Retire5. Pat White went on to tweet his own opinion.
Typically when @PatMcAfeeShow talks things get done… 👀
— Pat White (@P5White) October 9, 2019
Currently, the only three former Mountaineers with retired numbers are Ira Errett Rodgers #21, Sam Huff #75 and Bruce Bosley #77.
Ira Errett Rodgers was a QB/FB, who is considered one of the greatest players ever from his era (1915-1919). In his final season at WVU, Rodgers led the nation in scoring with 147 points on 19 touchdowns and 33 extra point kicks. He is also the first All-American in WVU history. Rodgers would later go on to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Sam Huff (1952-55) played guard and tackle in his four year career at WVU. Huff helped WVU to a 31-7 record in four years and a trip to the Sugar Bowl and was also a four year letterman. After his career at WVU, Huff played for the Giants and Redskins in the NFL.
Bruce Bosley (1952-55) was a tackle who helped turn West Virginia’s football program around. West Virginia won 31/38 games that Bosley played in. He played in three different all star games following his final season at WVU.
The common trait of these 3 guys, they all helped WVU win games and dominated in their era. White not only helped WVU win games, but went 4-0 in bowl games — two of which were BCS victories (Sugar, Fiesta). I would classify this as dominating an era.
So, Mountaineer nation, do you agree with McAfee? Is it time for WVU to retire #5?
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