While I’m at the Mickey Steele Memorial Golf Outing, here’s Redskins.com intern Brian Tinsman with a look at yet another member of the Redskins’ 2011 Draft Class.
by Brian Tinsman
In a crowded draft class–let’s call them the “Draft Day Dozen”–it’s easy to forget some of the late-round picks. Realistically speaking, most of those guys won’t make the team, some will end up on the practice squad, and others will be looking for a new job next fall.
But if there’s a guy to really pull for in the late rounds, it’s seventh-round pick Markus White, outside linebacker from Florida State.
Since the seventh grade, White has suffered from seizures, an affliction that scared away most NFL teams in the Draft.
“The last seizure he had was in 2008, so hopefully that’s under control,” said head coach Mike Shanahan after the Draft. “Our doctors felt very good about it, or else we would not have gone in that direction.”
Although he still takes daily medication and monitors the situation, White is unafraid of another episode.
“It’s kind of my motivation, I think, that life is going to knock you down,” he said in the conference call with the media on April 30. “I feel like I have a God-given gift to play football and I’m going to keep doing it. That’s definitely not going to stop me and that’s not my concern.”
That’s a very admirable outlook, and something that has shaped the type of player he is on the field and person he is off. His reputation is of a gritty, high-motor, self-motivated guy that isn’t afraid to earn his keep.
But White makes it clear that he doesn’t do it alone. After the Draft, White posted on his twitter account (@Em_Whyte) photos of the lasting tribute to his biggest fans:
In a world where self-absorbed athletes get an awful lot of the press, it’s nice to focus on one that remembers who got him to that where he’s at.
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