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Marvin White
No. 25     Detroit Lions
Personal information
Date of birth: December 5, 1983 (1983-12-05) (age 26)
Place of birth: Port Barre, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 199 lb (90 kg)
Career information
College: Texas Christian
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 4 / Pick: 114
Debuted in 2007 for the Cincinnati Bengals
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-MWC (2006)
Career NFL statistics as of 2009
Tackles     90
Interceptions     1
Pass deflections     8
Stats at

Marvin L. White (born December 5, 1983 in Port Barre, Louisiana) is an American Football safety for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Texas Christian.

White has also played for the Dallas Cowboys.


Early years

White was a stand out athlete at Port Barre High, where he earned 14 total letters (4 each in football, basketball and track and 2 in baseball). As a senior in 2002, he led the Red Devils to their first-ever Louisiana Class 2A Football State Championship, and was named All-State in both football and basketball.

College career


Kilgore College

White attended Kilgore College in Kilgore, Texas, where he was named a junior college All-American while leading the Rangers to a 10-2 record in 2004.


After his two years at Kilgore, White transferred to TCU in Fort Worth. As a junior in 2005, he started nine games, including the last seven of the season and was a big part of TCU's conference championship in their first year in the Mountain West Conference. After the season, White was named second-team All-MWC.

During his senior season at TCU, White led the team in both interceptions and tackles. His performance earned him first team All-MWC honors as well as an invitation to play in the annual East-West Shrine Game.

His intense style of play and tenacious hitting, coupled with his being a native of Louisiana has earned him the nickname of "Gator" from his teammates and fans. His most memorable moment at TCU will almost undoubtedly be what has come to be known as "The Great White Hit". In the fourth quarter of a home game against rival Texas Tech, White hit Red Raiders' receiver Robert Johnson so hard that his helmet came off, and Johnson was removed from the game due to injury.

The hit caused announcer Glenn Parker to describe White with the following: "he has a suddenness about him and violence in him."

He was an education major.

Professional career

Cincinnati Bengals

White was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round (114th overall) in the 2007 NFL Draft. He started three games at free safety and made a total of 19 tackles that season. On September 5, 2009, White was released from the Bengals.

Dallas Cowboys

White was claimed off waivers by the Dallas Cowboys on September 6, 2009. He appeared in three games and recorded two tackles before being waived to make room for running back Chauncey Washington. On October 5, the Cowboys waived Washington with the intention of re-signing White, but he was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Lions.[1]

Detroit Lions

White was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Lions on October 5, 2009.


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