Kevin White (American football)

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Kevin White
Free agent
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1992-06-25) June 25, 1992 (age 28)
Plainfield, New Jersey
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:216 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Emmaus
(Emmaus, Pennsylvania)
College:West Virginia
NFL Draft:2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Receiving yards:285
Receiving touchdowns:0
Player stats at

Kevin Romone White Jr. (born June 25, 1992)[1] is an American football wide receiver who is a free agent. He played college football at West Virginia and was drafted seventh overall by the Chicago Bears in the 2015 NFL Draft.

A top prospect coming out of college, White suffered a season-ending shin injury during his first training camp and missed his entire rookie season. The following year he only managed to play four games before being put on season-ending injured reserve (IR) with another injury to his left leg, and during his third season fractured his shoulder blade in the season opener, again resulting in him being placed on IR. He became a free agent following the 2018 season, and was signed by the Arizona Cardinals before being eventually released.

High school career[edit]

White played high school football at Emmaus High School in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, which competes in the East Penn Conference.[2]

College career[edit]

After graduating high school, he attended Lackawanna College for two seasons before attending West Virginia University.[3] In his first season at West Virginia in 2013, he started nine of 11 games and had 35 receptions for 507 yards and five touchdowns.[4][5] White returned his senior season in 2014 as a starter.[6] He finished the season with 109 receptions for 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was named an All-American by numerous publications and was a finalist for the Fred Biletnikoff Award.[7]

College statistics[edit]

Year Team GP Rec Yards TDs
2013 West Virginia 10 35 507 5
2014 West Virginia 13 109 1,447 10
College Totals 23 144 1,954 15


Professional career[edit]

White was considered one of the two best wide receivers of the 2015 class, together with Amari Cooper. In most mock drafts, he was projected to be a top 10 pick, and several analysts predicted that he would be chosen by the Oakland Raiders with the fourth pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, which was ultimately used by the Raiders to draft Cooper instead.[9][10][11][12]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 2 58 in
(1.90 m)
215 lb
(98 kg)
32 58 in
(0.83 m)
9 14 in
(0.23 m)
4.35 s 1.53 s 2.54 s 4.14 s 6.92 s 36 12 in
(0.93 m)
10 ft 3 in
(3.12 m)
23 reps
All values from NFL Combine

Chicago Bears[edit]

White was drafted by the Chicago Bears with the seventh overall draft pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.[13][14] On May 6, 2015, White signed a four-year, $15 million contract, including a $10 million signing bonus.[15]

While participating in the Bears off-season program, White received a minor injury to his shin that held him out of 11 training camp practices and the 2015 pre-season opener. Shortly after returning, Bears general manager Ryan Pace announced on August 15, 2015 that White had suffered a stress fracture in his shin while participating in organized team activities that would require surgery. On August 23, 2015, White had a steel rod inserted into his left tibia and was placed on the Bears physically unable to perform (PUP) list.[16] White did not play a single game during his rookie season of 2015.[17]

After playing the first four games in the 2016 season, it was announced on October 5, 2016 that White had fractured the fibula in his left leg, the same leg he had injured the year before, and that he has been placed on injured reserve.[18]

White was a starter in the Bears' 2017 season-opener against the Atlanta Falcons. However, he fractured his left shoulder blade in the game. He recorded only two receptions for six yards during the game. White was placed on injured reserve for the third straight year on September 10, 2017.[19]

On May 2, 2018, the Bears declined White's fifth-year option.[20] On October 21, 2018, with the Bears trailing the New England Patriots 38–31 late in the game, White caught a 54-yard Hail Mary pass from QB Mitchell Trubisky as time expired. However, he was stopped one yard short, ensuring a Bears loss.[21]

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

On March 15, 2019, White signed a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals.[22] He was released on August 21, 2019, as part of training camp roster trims and a lingering hamstring injury.[23]

Personal life[edit]

White has two younger brothers, Ka'Raun and Kyzir, who both played football at West Virginia.[24][25] Kyzir is a linebacker who currently plays for the Los Angeles Chargers.


  1. ^ "Kevin White". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
  2. ^ "Emmaus High graduate Kevin White 'ready to be a star' for the Chicago Bears," The Morning Call, April 30, 2015, retrieved February 22, 2019
  3. ^ "Emmaus grad White is headed to West Virginia for football - tribunedigital-mcall". December 20, 2012. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  4. ^ "Former junior college receiver White starting to catch on with West Virginia". TribLIVE. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  5. ^ Nesbitt, Stephen J. (September 5, 2014). "Mountaineers found a diamond in the rough in Kevin White | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette". Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  6. ^ "West Virginia Mountaineers' Kevin White playing like a man on fire - Big 12 Blog - ESPN". September 17, 2014. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  7. ^ "White One of Three Biletnikoff Award Finalists - WVU Athletics". Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  8. ^ "Kevin White College Stats - College Football at". College Football at
  9. ^ Baldinger, Brian (April 6, 2015). "Mock draft 2.0: Eagles keep on Ducking". Retrieved April 16, 2015.
  10. ^ Zierlein, Lance (April 8, 2015). "Mock Draft 4.0: Perriman's ascent continues". Retrieved April 16, 2015.
  11. ^ Casserly, Charley (April 13, 2015). "Mock Draft 2.0: Browns leap Jets to get Mariota". Retrieved April 16, 2015.
  12. ^ "Bears take Kevin White in first round of 2015 NFL Draft, 7th overall". USA Today. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  13. ^ Wiederer, Dan (April 30, 2015). "Bears GM Ryan Pace on Kevin White: 'Big-play weapon for us'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  14. ^ Wesseling, Chris (April 30, 2015). "Chicago Bears fans are going to love WR Kevin White". Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  15. ^ "Kevin White, Eddie Goldman agree to terms with Bears". July 29, 2013. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  16. ^ Rich Campbell. "Bears remain cautious with injured rookie Kevin White". Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  17. ^ Campbell, Rich. "Kevin White out for 2015 season". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  18. ^ Mayer, Larry (October 5, 2016). "Bears put White on injured reserve". Archived from the original on December 22, 2017.
  19. ^ Bergman, Jeremy (September 10, 2017). "Bears WR Kevin White to IR with broken collarbone".
  20. ^ Patra, Kevin (May 2, 2018). "Bears decline Kevin White's fifth-year option".
  21. ^ Hoffman, Benjamin (October 21, 2018). "Patriots vs. Bears: New England Wins as Trubisky's Hail Mary Lands One Yard Short". The New York Times. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  22. ^ Odegard, Kyle (March 15, 2019). "Cardinals Sign Wide Receiver Kevin White".
  23. ^ Bergman, Jeremy (August 21, 2019). "Cardinals cut former first-round WR Kevin White".
  24. ^ Taylor, Allen (June 17, 2015). "Kyzir White becomes highest-rated brother to commit to WVU". West Virginia Metro News. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  25. ^ Kane, Colleen (March 7, 2018). "Kevin White 'busting his tail' for another shot, Mitch Trubisky says". Retrieved January 7, 2019.

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