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President John F. Kennedy nominated Associate Justice Byron "Whizzer" White to the US Supreme Court in 1962, where he served until 1993.

Byron White didn't attend law school until the end of World War II. Before enlisting, he played professional football for the Pittsburgh Pirates (now Steelers) in 1938, where he was a first-round draft pick from the University of Colorado. White, who got the nickname "Whizzer" from a sports reporter, lead the league in rushing his rookie year.

White played for the Detroit Lions in 1940 and 1941. He was one of the highest paid players in the NFL, earning $15,000 a year.

He also holds the NFL record for the most lost yards on a single play. The Lions' half-back, looking for an opening in the Rams' defensive line, ran the ball backwards 51 yards, ending up on his opponent's one yard line. The Rams took possession of the ball and scored on the next play.

Byron "Whizzer" White was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954.

Answer Supreme Court justice Byron White played college football at the University of Colorado in the 1930s and with the Pittsburgh Pirates (now Steelers) in 1938 and the Detroit Lions in 1940-1941.

Answer Byron Whizzer White who wasn't actually a Steeler but was drafted and signed by the Pittsburg Pirates, which later became the Pittsburg Steelers. He was appoined by JFK, with whom he had played a lot of touch football at the Kennedy Compound on Cape Cod.

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