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Stylez G. White
No. 91     Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: July 25, 1979 (1979-07-25) (age 30)
Place of birth: Newark, New Jersey
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 268 lb (122 kg)
Career information
College: Minnesota
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 7 / Pick: 229
Debuted in 2007 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Career history
 As player:
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 15, 2008
Tackles     54
Sacks     13.0
Forced fumbles     8
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at ArenaFan.com

Stylez G. White (born Gregory Alphonso White, Jr. on July 25, 1979 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American football defensive end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the seventh round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at Minnesota.

White has also been a member of the Atlanta Falcons, Tennessee Titans, New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears and Orlando Predators.

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Professional career

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Orlando Predators

In January 2006, White signed a contract to play for the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League. In his 2-year stint in Orlando, White compiled 17 sacks, including an AFL-record 15 in 2007. He was named the ADT Defensive Player of the Year in 2007.

Second stint with Buccaneers

After the Predators were eliminated from the 2007 playoffs, Head Coach Jay Gruden (the younger brother of Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach Jon Gruden) recommended White to the Buccaneers head coach, who promptly invited him to training camp with the team.

After making the cut at training camp, White was instantly thrust into the limelight on the Buccaneers defensive line. The release of veteran Pro Bowl end Simeon Rice shortly before the start of the pre-season, injuries to free agent acquisition Patrick Chukwurah and the fact that top five 2007 NFL Draft pick Gaines Adams was deemed not ready led to White seeing extended playing time on the field.

In the game against the Atlanta Falcons in November 2007 White turned in a career performance. Starting opposite fellow rookie Gaines Adams he sacked Falcons QB Byron Leftwich twice and forced two fumbles, one of which was returned for a touchdown by Ronde Barber. The Bucs won the game 31-7 to take a 2 game lead at the top of the NFC South. After the game, Coach Jon Gruden was quoted as saying:

"Every time he makes a play, I can hear my brother up in the press box saying: 'I told you so.' But he's a good kid, a good guy, a hard worker, and he does have natural pass-rush ability. He's raw a little bit in terms of the big picture, but I give a lot of credit to Greg White. We got him late in training camp, and he's made a real impression on all of us."[1]

An exclusive-rights free agent in the 2008 offseason, White signed his one-year, $370,000 tender offer on July 26. White later signed a new three-year, $2.845 million contract on September 15, 2008. He can make more money on incentives. White will become free agent in 2011.

Personal

Name change

On December 15, 2008, it was revealed that the Hillsborough County Circuit Court had approved White's request to legally change his name from Gregory Alphonso White, Jr. to Stylez G. White.[2] According to White, the inspiration for the change came from a character in the 1985 Michael J. Fox film Teen Wolf.[2]

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