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Justice Byron White
Football

  • U.S.Supreme Court Justice 1962-1993
  • Rhodes Scholar
  • Two-time All-Pro Halfback
  • Member of College Football Hall of Fame
  • Member of GTE Academic Hall of Fame
  • Member of Big Eight Hall of Fame
  • Colorado’s first All-American (1937)

Colorado’s first All-American and one of the greatest students in the history of the school, Byron “Whizzer” White retired as justice of the Supreme Court in March of 1993 after serving 31 years on the nation’s high court. White was a unanimous All-American after a brilliant 1937 season that saw him lead CU to an 8-0 record and a Cotton Bowl bid, as he set national records with 1,121 rushing yards and 122 points – marks which would stand until colleges went to 10- and 11- game schedules. White was a Rhodes Scholar, a two time All-Pro halfback with Pittsburgh and Detroit, a leading graduate of the Yale Law School in 1946, a decorated naval intelligence officer in World War II and a deputy U.S. Attorney General in addition to his role on the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a member of the National Football Foundation’s College Hall of Fame, the GTE Academic Hall of Fame and was selected to CU’s All-Century Team. White passed away on April 15, 2002 at the age of 84.

 

 

 

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