Former Bucs DE and NFL writer Stephen White dies at 48

The NFL community has lost a well-known figure. Stephen White, best known for his time as a defensive end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1996 to 2001 and then for his post-football career as a prolific writer for JoeBucsFan, SB Nation and elsewhere, has died at age 48. Tampa Bay roommate Tyoka Jackson shared this news Tuesday night:

Columnist JoeBucsFan and longtime Buccaneers writer Ira Kaufman confirmed the news. This came after White posted on Twitter in April how a long battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia led him to go to Moffitt Cancer Center for a bone marrow transplant:

White played college football for Tennessee, then was drafted in the sixth round by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1996. He ended up with Tampa Bay that year and played for the Buccaneers until 2001 before moving on. his final season in the NFL with the New York Jets in 2002. Many of White’s former teammates paid tribute to him, including fellow defensive lineman Warren Sapp, who told Rick Stroud Tampa Bay weather White was among the best Buccaneers teammates he had:

“He was the best,” Sapp said. “Smart, tough and ready to listen.”

Other players also intervened:

But White was also well known for what he did after his playing career. He wrote columns for JoeBucsFan in 2009 and 2010, and he wrote an incredible amount of NFL plays (63 archive pages) for SB Nation from 2013 to 2020, many of which were detailed tape breakdowns of players. individual. He wrote other writing after that, including an in-depth post about the Bucs-Chiefs Super Bowl on his Medium page in 2021. He also appeared regularly on Tampa radio stations to talk about the NFL, and also has been an insightful NFL commentator on Twitter. Many who knew him from his media work paid tribute on Tuesday and Wednesday:

White will be missed by many in the world of football. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.

[JoeBucsFan; image from Stephen White on Twitter]