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Patrick Christian White

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Patrick White was a high school star in baseball, hitting .487, slugging .974 and stealing 28 bases. Baseball America rated him a second-team High School All-American outfielder. The Anaheim Angels selected White in the 4th round of the 2004 amateur draft; he was the second player they took that year, following Jered Weaver. He did not sign, opting for college football instead, becoming a star at West Virginia University.

Despite having not played baseball for three years, the Angels took him in the 26th round of the 2007 amateur draft. He was considered a strong candidate for the 2007 Heisman Trophy. In 2008, he became the all-time Big East Conference in total yardage, passing Donovan McNabb. The Cincinnati Reds took him in the 49th round of the 2008 amateur draft. While in college, White set a record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a major college program (4,480). He also ran for 47 touchdowns, passed for 56 and threw for 6,049 yards. He was the second quarterback in NCAA Division 1-A to throw for over 6,000 yards and run for over 4,000. He also became the first quarterback in college football history to win four bowl games - he was MVP of three of them.

White was picked in the 2nd round of the 2009 NFL draft. The New York Yankees chose him in the 49th round of the 2009 amateur draft, the fourth time he was drafted by a major league club. He struggled in 2009 for the Miami Dolphins, throwing five incomplete passes (without a successful completion) and running for 3.9 yards per carry. Returning to baseball, he signed with the Kansas City Royals but never played a game in pro baseball. On March 10, 2011, he announced his retirement from professional baseball.

Sources include 2005 Baseball Almanac

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