Pittsburgh Steelers: 30 greatest players in franchise history

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Defensive lineman Dwight White #78 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images) /

55. . DE. (1971-80). Dwight White. 27. player

Dwight White came to Pittsburgh as a fourth-round defensive end with high upside and the intensity that shined throughout Steelers football. He fit in perfectly with his do anything to win attitude.

It didn’t take long for White to be embraced by Pittsburgh. When you have the playing style that magnifies the culture of Steelers football like White did, it creates the perfect situation for success.

That’s what happened to White. He may not have been the most known player during the team’s four Super Bowls of the ’70s, but he certainly left his impact.

The man showed up to Super Bowl IX after spending the week in the hospital dealing with pneumonia. Most believed the Steelers were a man down on defense until he came strolling out onto the field. And to make it better, he scored the only points of the first half with a safety sack of Minnesota Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton.

With or without the recognition outside the city, having your own “Flu Game” in Pittsburgh is something that’ll always be remembered. Placing White among the legends in Steelers history.