Dwight White, 58, Mad Dog of Vaunted Steel Curtain, Is Dead
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: June 7, 2008
The Steelers said White died after surgery at a Pittsburgh hospital, but did not disclose the cause.
White is the second member of the original four-man Steel Curtain to die this year. Defensive tackle Ernie Holmes died Jan. 17 in a car accident in Texas. The others in the foursome were defensive tackle Joe Greene and defensive end L. C. Greenwood.
White — who played in two Pro Bowls, in 1972 and ’73 — gained his nickname because of his intensity. He was best known for climbing out of a hospital bed to play in the Steelers’ first Super Bowl victory, 16-6, over the Minnesota Vikings in 1975. He lost 18 pounds after learning he had pneumonia and a lung infection, yet played nearly the entire game.