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Marlins have made offer to former NFL quarterback Pat White

Jan 24, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

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The last time we checked in with Pat White was in March of 2011 after he informed the Royals of his intention to retire from baseball. Nearly two years later, he’s thinking about giving it another shot.

According to Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, White said on 640-AM in Miami today that he has an offer in hand from the Marlins. If he accepts, he will report to spring training to attempt to win a spot with one of the team’s minor league affiliates. However, the Marlins have their doubts about whether White is committed to baseball, as the 26-year-old indicated that he was open to a return to football while mingling at the practices for the Senior Bowl earlier this week.

While White is known mostly for his time as a quarterback at West Virginia University and his bust of a season with the Dolphins in 2009, he was a highly-regarded high school outfielder. He was even drafted twice by the Angels and later by the Reds and Yankees. His last stint in baseball didn’t go so well, as he gave up after playing the fall instructional league with the Royals, but there’s no harm in giving him a chance if a return to the NFL isn’t in the cards.

  1. someguyinva - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    If Pat White’s still thinking about returning to football, he must not remember the last time he was on a football field – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uauae4JQ7MY

    • cosanostra71 - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:18 PM

      Interesting how much football has changed in so short of a time. Notice the commentators saying that helmet to helmet hits “are just part of the game”.

      I would love to see him make a comeback in the NFL, he was one of my favorite players when he was in college, but I think he has a better chance playing baseball.

      • someguyinva - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:29 PM

        Actually, it hasn’t changed as much as you think. Helmet to helmet hits are still legal on a ball carrier, which is what White was on this play once he started running. The Pollard hit on Ridley in the AFC Championship game this past Sunday was helmet to helmet, although arguably the fault of the ball carrier, not the tackler.

      • cosanostra71 - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:33 PM

        My point was more about the commentators. It’s only 4 years later and I have a hard time hearing commentators talking about how helmet to helmet hits are “just part of the game”.

      • genericcommenter - Jan 25, 2013 at 9:26 AM

        Combined with the emergence of the “mobile QB,” I’m sure that has a lot to do with his interest in a comeback.

  2. tfbuckfutter - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Mike Florio needs new undershorts.

  3. Old Gator - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    An offer to do what, exactly? Pitch bags of peanuts higher and farther, so they won’t have to hire more than one vendor per eight seating sections because the former quarterback can reach the rearmost rows of seats? The Feesh descend further and further into theater of the absurd.

    Okay Jimmy, I know you’re out there. I’m waiting for your rationale about why this is yet another brilliant move on the part of Scrooge McLoria and his trusty front orifice. Cheap? Yeah, we already figured that one out. Anything else?

  4. husky2score - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Perhaps the Marlins will later trade him to an NFL team. Anything is possible in Miami, right?

    • Old Gator - Jan 24, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      No, there is an entire category of baseball-related “things” that are not possible in Macondo. Most require spending money. Keeping home grown stars for more than four years, for example.

  5. pooinyourface - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    he was drafted 6 times?

    • Old Gator - Jan 24, 2013 at 11:29 PM

      And only caught a cold once.

  6. birdman6824 - Jan 25, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    I think it was later ruled a trap

  7. jm91rs - Jan 25, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    No harm in giving the guy some sort of minor league deal, but the way he dominated Big East football was his downfall. He’s admitted to not working as hard in the NFL, that it wasn’t as easy as he’s used to it being. I’d imagine that same attitude carried over to his shot at baseball.

    Now that mobile QB’s are in style, I’d like to see someone like Chip Kelly get his hands on him for a little while. Baseball is probably not where this guy should be.

  8. pellypell - Jan 25, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Pat White was a beast in Madden 11, my buddy used him for the Wildcat formation and caught unsuspecting opponents off guard. I hates chasing him around.

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