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Byron "Whizzer" White played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1938, took a year off to study as Rhodes Scholar and played for the Detroit Lions in 1940 and 1941. WWII saw him serving in the Navy and after the war he went to Yale Law School instead of returning to the gridiron. He was a three time NFL All Pro selection and made the 1940's All Decade Team and a 1954 selection for the College Football Hall of Fame. In 1962 JFK nominated him to serve on the Supreme Court. He was not a member of the NFL Hall of Fame.

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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, and into the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Hall of Fame in 2007.

Although White is not a member of the their Hall of Fame, the NFL Players Association recognizes one NFL player each year with the Byron "Whizzer" White award for charity work.

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