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Penn State Football Lettermen John Urschel & Bobby White Named Honorary Captains Against UMass

Former Penn State football stars John Urschel and Bobby White were named honorary captains ahead of Penn State football’s homecoming matchup with UMass, the team announced Thursday.

White was a defensive tackle for Penn State football from 1982-86. He was a redshirt freshman on the scout team when Penn State won a national championship in 1982, but played a pivotal role for the team during the 1986 championship season. As a captain, White was part of a goal-line stand late in the fourth quarter of the Fiesta Bowl that sealed the championship victory for the Nittany Lions. White ended his career with 18 total sacks.

Today, White is the Assistant Athletic Director for Premium Seating for Penn State where he manages and markets club seating and suites inside Beaver Stadium.

Urschel was an offensive lineman for Penn State from 2009 to 2013 and complemented his athleticism with intelligence in the classroom. Urschel graduated from Penn State with a master’s degree in math while boasting a 4.0 GPA.

The guard was drafted in the fifth round by the Baltimore Ravens during the 2014 NFL Draft. While playing for the Ravens, Urschel began working on his Ph.D. in mathematics and published six academic papers while on the 53-man roster.

Urschel retired from football in 2017 and was recently hired as a professor of mathematics at MIT upon completion of his Ph.D.

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