Former NFL player Steve White, who spent seven seasons playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets, tragically lost his life at the age of 48.
White, who played for the Buccaneers from 1996 to 2001, wrote about his battle with cancer on Twitter earlier this year.
“Many of you know that I have been dealing with a cancer (CLL) diagnosis over the last 8 years. I am now at a point where I need to go through a bone marrow transplant,” White tweeted on April 6. CLL refers to chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
“It is something I knew would eventually have to happen since 2017 and now that day is actually here,” White wrote, adding that he was in otherwise good spirits and felt “prepared”.
He retired in 2002 after playing his last professional season with the New York Jets.
Over his career, he accumulated 119 tackles and 11.5 sacks.
Before his NFL career, White played for the Tennessee Volunteers as a student at the University of Tennessee.
During the 1999 NFC divisional playoffs, White registered two sacks that totaled 20 yards and led to the Buccaneers’ 14-13 win against the Washington Redskins.