I had the opportunity to meet and spend several hours with Tom Rafferty at a sports equipment show in San Antonio. Rafferty is still a big man, albeit much slimmer than in his NFL offensive lineman days. He has since been stricken with an unexplained malady that has caused him to lose feeling in his legs, but at that show his athleticism was still very apparent.
Invariably the talk drifted to the Cowboys and his days on some of those championship teams. I asked him who was the meanest player in the league during those days. I was expecting him to say Conrad Dobler who had a reputation as a dirty player, or even the Raiders Jack Tatum, the Assassin.
I was surprised at his immediate response.
"Randy White, without a doubt, the meanest guy in the league." He said. I asked if Randy White was a dirty player, and he explained that White was not dirty, just mean. I asked him to define mean.
"Mean is a guy who comes after you with everything he has, on every play, the whole play, and he has a lot to bring. When you go up against him, you are just glad when the game is over because you feel like you have been fighting a buzz saw for the last hour. You just hope you can hold on. That was Randy and anyone who had to go against him will tell you that. He deserved the nickname, Manster, half man, half monster."
I saw a clip on television about Hollywood Henderson and he was laughing as he told the story about picking a fight with Randy White in the locker room. Drew Pearson added some commentary about that incident and Pearson too was laughing as he recalled Henderson getting in Randy White's face. Pearson's comment was something similar to, - ‘I knew Hollywood was crazy when he picked a fight with Randy White, probably the toughest guy in the league.' White threw the linebacker to the floor and pounced on him. In the same video, Henderson stated that he felt lucky Randy White didn't kill him.
The controversial but popular book, "Boys will be Boys" by Jeff Pearlman, relates a story about Charles Haley, a locker room bully, riding his Harley into Randy White's restaurant. White asked Haley to get the bike out of the restaurant, Haley swung and Randy White clocked the inebriated Haley, knocking him unconscious.
Is any current Cowboy as mean as the Manster?