LITTLETON, Colo. (BVM) – LenDale White had a historic high school football career at Chatfield High School in Littleton. The former star running back finished his career as the Colorado High School Activities Association all-time leading rusher with 7,802 yards, but that number was surpassed by Weld Central running back Kyle Bell in 2003.
During his two years with the Chatfield Chargers, his first two being spent at South High School in Denver, White became a national sensation. As a junior in 2001, White rushed for 1,850 yards with 30 touchdowns, plus had 185 receiving yards with two more scores as Chatfield went 14-0 and was named the CHSAA Class 5A champion. In 2002, White did even more being named a SuperPrep All-American, a Prep Star All-American, the Gatorade Colorado Player of the Year, Rocky Mountain News All-Colorado first team and Rocky Mountain News Class 5A all-state first team as a senior after he ran for 1,683 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Following his time at Chatfield, White accepted a scholarship to the University of Southern California where he joined a legendary Trojans program. Over his three seasons at USC, White became a legend as he helped the Trojans to two national championships in 2003 and 2004 and an appearance in the national championship game in 2005.
During his career, White registered 3,159 rushing yards on 541 carries (5.8 yards per carry), 52 rushing touchdowns, 31 receptions, 331 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns. His junior season was his best however as he rushed for 1,302 yards and a whopping 24 scores while also adding 219 receiving yards and two more scores.
Following his junior campaign with the Trojans, White entered the 2006 NFL Draft and was taken in the second round, pick No. 45 overall, by the Tennessee Titans. Over four years with the Titans, White rushed for 2,349 yards and 24 touchdowns but was quickly replaced by All-Pro running back Chris Johnson.
After being traded to the Seattle Seahawks in 2010 and tearing his Achilles tendon during the Denver Broncos’ training camp later that offseason, White never played another regular season snap in the NFL. His career ended after just 58 games.
Since his retirement, White stayed mostly out of the public eye other than attending some USC football games. However, over the past year White has ventured into the media world joining BLEAV, a sports content network, as a co-host for two podcasts, “BLEAV in USC” and the “Smash and Dash Podcast” which he hosts alongside his Titans’ running mate Johnson.
While his NFL career didn’t go the way White expected, he still gave many Chatfield Chargers fans memories they will never forget.
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