The Toronto Argonauts have an interest in free-agent quarterback Pat White, who may attempt to resurrect his football career after a failed attempt playing professional baseball.
The Argos quickly snapped up White’s negotiation rights last week after Winnipeg dropped them. Toronto has a plethora of quarterbacks on their roster, including Steven Jyles, who was acquired from Winnipeg for two draft picks, including a first-rounder in next month’s draft.
White excelled at the University of West Virginia with a starting record record of 34-8, the best in school history and showcased his ability running with the ball more than passing it. White finished with 4,385 rushing yards during his college career, the most in NCAA history for a quarterback.
The Miami Dolphins drafted White in the second round in the 2009 draft but he saw limited action in his rookie season. White was used occasionally in the Wildcat formation and iinished zero completions in five attempts and totaled 81 yards on 21 rushing attempts. The quarterback is best remembered for a frightening play in which he suffered a concussion when hit near the sidelines in a game against Pittsburgh.
He was among the Dolphins’ final cuts in September, and signed a minor-league contract with MLB’s Kansas City Royals, attempting to make it as an outfielder, but did not report when assigned to the Fall Instructional League.
White was a star pitcher/outfielder that was drafted by the Anaheim Angels in the fourth round of the 2004 draft but was later dropped and picked up by Cincinnati Red in 2008 and then the New York Yankees in 2009.
White is listed at about 6-foot, 200 pounds and is considered the prototypical player for the CFL – if he decides to pursue it.