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White's Comeback Bid May Include Baseball


Former West Virginia University quarterback Pat White made headlines earlier this week when he was spotted at the Senior Bowl. White was shaking hands with many of the NFL coaches and scouts in attendance letting them know he was ready to make a comeback and return to the league.

White now has options in his quest to return to professional sports. The Miami Marlins have offered White a contract. It would provide him the opportunity to attend spring training and try to earn a minor league assignment at one of the Marlins' affiliates.

White set all kinds of records as a dual-threat quarterback at WVU. He started and won four bowl games including the 2006 Sugar Bowl and 2008 Fiesta Bowl. White was a second round pick in the 2008 NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins. Bill Parcells wanted White to be a threat in the team's Wildcat package on offense. White spent just one season with the Dolphins before he was released and has not appeared on an NFL roster since.

Following his release from the Dolphins, White signed with the Kansas City Royals and spent a couple of months playing in the Royals' minor league system. The Royals still held White's rights until this month. That is when the Marlins decided to pull the trigger on offering White a minor league contract.

White was as big of a baseball prospect as he was in football coming out of high school. The Anaheim Angels picked White in the fourth round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft. The Angels really wanted the outfielder and offered him a six-figure signing bonus to try and get him to choose baseball over football. White was a second-team high school all-american and hit .487 with 28 steals in his senior year.

Oddly enough, White finds himself right where he was about 10 years ago when he was finishing up high school. Will it be baseball or football? He already has an offer to play baseball, it appears he is waiting to see if an opportunity in football develops after his appearance at the Senior Bowl this week.

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