Kyzir White

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Kyzir White
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White in 2017
No. 44 – Los Angeles Chargers
Personal information
Born: (1996-03-24) March 24, 1996 (age 25)
Macungie, Pennsylvania
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:216 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Emmaus (Emmaus, Pennsylvania)
College:West Virginia
NFL Draft:2018 / Round: 4 / Pick: 119
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2020
Total tackles:134
Pass deflections:7
Player stats at

Kyzir White (born March 24, 1996) is an American football linebacker for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football as a safety for the West Virginia Mountaineers and was drafted by the Chargers in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft.[1]

High school career[edit]

White played high school football at Emmaus High School in Pennsylvania's highly-competitive East Penn Conference.[2]

College career[edit]

Following two years at Lackawanna College, White committed to the West Virginia. In addition to West Virginia, White also received offers from Pittsburgh, Arizona State, Louisville and Illinois.[3] In his career at West Virginia, he recorded 152 total tackles, four sacks, three interceptions, nine passes defended, and four forced fumbles.[4]

Professional career[edit]

External video
video icon Kyzir White’s NFL Combine Workout
video icon NFL Draft Profile: Kyzir White
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 1 78 in
(1.88 m)
218 lb
(99 kg)
31 58 in
(0.80 m)
10 18 in
(0.26 m)
4.69 s 1.55 s 2.67 s 4.26 s 6.96 s 35 12 in
(0.90 m)
9 ft 5 in
(2.87 m)
21 reps
All values from NFL Combine/West Virginia’s Pro Day[5]

The Los Angeles Chargers selected White in the fourth round (119th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. White was the 11th safety drafted in 2018.[6]

External video
video icon Chargers draft Kyzir White 119th overall

On May 13, 2018, the Los Angeles Chargers signed White to a four-year, $3.11 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $654,441.[7]

“It’s hard for me to talk about Kyzir because I get real excited. I don’t want to jump the gun on him. I want to get him in some games and watch him play, but just watching him run around here and some of the things he did in the offseason, I get real excited talking about him. His speed. His attitude. His explosiveness. He just has great instincts as a football player. We had a hammer on him (in the draft).”[8]

Anthony Lynn (Chargers’ head coach)


During rookie minicamp, the Los Angeles Chargers’ coaching staff announced their decision to move White to linebacker.[9] White adjusted to the new position quickly and immediately impressed coaching staff. During training camp, he began competing to be the starting weak side linebacker against Jatavis Brown.[10] Head coach Anthony Lynn named White the backup weakside linebacker, behind Jatavis Brown, to start the regular season.[11] An hour before kickoff for their season-opener, it was reported that head coach Anthony Lynn has elected to instead start White, alongside Kyle Emanuel and middle linebacker Denzel Perryman.[12]

He made his professional regular season debut and first career start in the Los Angeles Chargers’ season-opener against the Kansas City Chiefs and recorded six combined tackles in their 38–28 loss. On September 16, 2018, White recorded four solo tackles, broke up two passes, and made his first career interception during a 31–20 win at the Buffalo Bills in Week 2. He made his first career interception off a pass attempt by Bills’ rookie quarterback Josh Allen, that was originally intended for tight end Jason Croom, and returned it for a nine-yard gain in the fourth quarter.[13][14] White suffered a knee injury, that required minor surgery, and was inactive for four games (Weeks 4–8).[15] He was then placed on injured reserve on November 3, 2018.[16]


In week 5 against the Denver Broncos, White recorded an interception off Joe Flacco in the 20–13 loss.[17]


White was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the Chargers on November 21, 2020,[18] and activated on December 9.[19] On December 23, 2020, White was placed on injured reserve.[20]

Personal life[edit]

White has two brothers, Kevin White and Ka'Raun White, who also spent time at Lackawanna before transferring to West Virginia.[3] Kevin currently is on San Francisco as a WR.


  1. ^ Henne, Ricky (April 28, 2018). "Chargers Kick off Day Three with West Virginia LB Kyzir White". Archived from the original on April 28, 2018.
  2. ^ "Kyzir White",, retrieved April 30, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Taylor, Allen (June 17, 2015). "Kyzir White becomes highest-rated brother to commit to WVU". West Virginia Metro News. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  4. ^ "Kyzir White College Stats". College Football at Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  5. ^ "NFL Draft Profile: Kyzir Whitewash". Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  6. ^ "Los Angeles Chargers Select LB Kyzir White". April 28, 2018. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  7. ^ " Kyzir White contract". Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  8. ^ Henne, Ricky (July 30, 2018). "Kyzir White Earns Highest Possible Praise from Coach Lynn". Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  9. ^ Anderson, Chris (May 12, 2018). "WATCH: Kyzir White Discusses NFL Position Change". Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  10. ^ Posey, Kyle (July 30, 2018). "Kyzir White getting first team reps at linebacker during today's practice". Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  11. ^ Stanley, Matthew (September 4, 2018). "Chargers release first "unofficial" depth chart". Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  12. ^ "Chargers to have three new starters on the defense". September 9, 2018. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  13. ^ "Bills lose in Allen's first start; McCoy hurt". Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  14. ^ "Los Angeles Chargers at Buffalo Bills - September 16th, 2018". Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  15. ^ "Chargers' Kyzir White: Sidelined for Week 4". September 28, 2018. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  16. ^ Henne, Ricky (November 3, 2018). "Chargers Place Kyzir White on IR; Sign Jeff Richards".
  17. ^ "Lindsay helps give Broncos' Fangio first win as coach". October 6, 2019. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  18. ^ "Los Angeles Chargers put leading tackler Kyzir White on COVID-19 list". November 21, 2020. Retrieved December 27, 2020.
  19. ^ "Chargers' Kyzir White: All clear from COVID-19". December 9, 2020. Retrieved December 27, 2020.
  20. ^ Williams, Charean (December 23, 2020). "Chargers place Kyzir White on injured reserve". Retrieved February 5, 2021.

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