Ex-Dolphin Pat White Retires - from Baseball

White's baseball career was even more forgettable than his football career

By David Hill
|  Thursday, Mar 10, 2011  |  Updated 2:30 PM EDT
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Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Pat White has told the Kansas City Royals that he is retiring from baseball.

White signed a minor-league contract with the Royals after being released by the Dolphins last September. The Royals said Wednesday that White didn't report to spring training.

White was a star quarterback at West Virginia University, a dual threat as a passer and runner. The Dolphins drafted him in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft and immediately regretted it.

White played in 13 games and went 0-of-5 passing and ran for 81 yards on 21 carries.

In the ranks of failed post-Marino Dolphins quarterbacks, White stands a spot or two above John Beck and a spot below Brian Griese. In other words, he was interesting enough to be memorable, but not memorable in a good way.

While the Dolphins had hopes of turning White into a Wildcat specialist able to run and throw, it never quite worked out. Indeed, White's most memorable moment as a Dolphin came when he had to be carted off the field following a helmet-to-helmet hit from the Steelers' Ike Taylor in the last game of the 2009 season.

When the Dolphins made their final preseason roster cuts last september, White was the odd man out in a group of four quarterbacks including Chad Henne, Chad Pennington and Tyler Thigpen.

Instead of trying to catch on with another NFL team, he tried his hand at baseball, having been a standout pitcher and outfielder in Daphne High School in Alabama.

We don't know what White's plans are now, but the Miami Heat could use some help. Can Pat play point guard?

 

David Hill is a Miami native who used to be able to name every quarterback who has started for the Dolphins since Dan Marino retired. He has since lost count.

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