Dwight White dies at 58

June 6, 2008 at 5:54 PM
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PITTSBURGH, June 6 (UPI) -- Former Pittsburgh Steelers great Dwight White died Friday following surgery at a Pittsburgh hospital.

The team did not disclose a cause when it announced the 58-year-old White's death on Friday afternoon.

The longtime defensive end was a member of the "Steel Curtain" defense, which was instrumental in Pittsburgh's winning four Super Bowl titles in the 1970s, and in 2007 was voted to the franchise's 75th season all-time team.

"Dwight White was one of the greatest players to ever wear a Steelers uniform," said chairman Dan Rooney on the Steelers' Web site. "He was a member of the greatest defensive line in NFL history."

White was a fourth-round pick in the 1971 draft out of East Texas State, played for the Steelers through the 1980 season, and was a two-time Pro Bowl selection.

He walked out of a hospital with pneumonia and a lung infection to play in Super Bowl IX against the Minnesota Vikings.

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