danny white '95 B.S.

A native of Mesa, Danny White is most well known for his time as a record-breaking quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys and as a football coach in the Arena Football League. White graduated from Mesa’s Westwood High School and then attended ASU, where he set seven NCAA passing records. His passing and running placed him second in the nation in total offense in 1973. White later joined the Dallas Cowboys and the NFL, where he broke the Dallas Cowboys single-season passing record in his first year as a starter in 1980. In White’s time as a starter, the Cowboys went to the playoffs five times and won the NFC East title three times. He ended his career as the Cowboys most accurate passer, setting team single-season records for completions and touchdown passes. After retiring as an NFL player, White became involved with the Arena Football League. He served as the first head coach and general manager of the Arizona Rattlers, and finished his career with the Rattlers with an overall record of 141-65. He completed his bachelor’s degree in agribusiness from ASU in 1995.

White has been inducted into the Arena Football Hall of Fame, NCAA Hall of Fame, the Mesa Sports Hall of Fame, the State of Arizona Sports Hall of Fame, and the Arizona State University Sports Hall of Fame, where his jersey No. 11 was retired. White also was named the Arizona Athlete of the Century by the Arizona Republic in 2000.

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