special player Pat White is. It's become such a common thing to see him on the field leading West Virginia's whiskey bone (stole that name) offense, it almost seems like it's always been that way. This is the last go round with Chief. He's got a fine offense around him, and a quality backup. Offensively, there shouldn't be any question marks. Defensively......Shit! I'm going off on a tangent worrying about how the defense will play this year.
Anyhow, Pat White was named the Alabama Amateur Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row. As well as being named WV AAOTY for the second year in a row. I don't know, that just seems like some sort of record of importance. Too bad he won't get on this list because of where he is from. I'd put him up there around one or two. Notables from the 50 greatest West Virginia athletes:
Jerry West, Cheylan (Kanawha County)
All-American at WVU twice; led Los Angeles Lakers to 1972 NBA championship as player; as the current Lakers general manager, he helped build dynasty that won five NBA titles in the '80s.
Mary Lou Retton, Fairmont (Marion County)
Became first U.S. gymnast to win gold in women's all-around competition at 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Scored perfect 10's, and became first female athlete on a Wheaties box.
Hal Greer, Huntington (Cabell County)
Scored 1,377 points for Marshall and averaged 19.2 points in 15 NBA seasons. Named to Top 50 NBA team.
Sam Huff, Farmington (Marion County)
NFL Hall of Famer. Five-time All-Pro linebacker with Giants and Redskins from 1956 to '70.
Hot Rod Hundley, Charleston (Kanawha County)
All-American guard at West Virginia University, and was No. 1 pick of 1957 NBA draft. Current Utah Jazz announcer.
Earle (Greasy) Neale, Parkersburg (Wood County)
Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia A's baseball player from 1916 to '24; coached Philadelphia Eagles to '48 and '49 NFL titles.
Randy Moss, Rand (Kanawha County)
DuPont High football star was state high school basketball player of the year in 1994-95; 28 TD catches at Marshall in '97 tied NCAA record; '98 NFL Rookie of the Year with Vikings.
John Kruk, Charleston (Kanawha County)
Baseball and basketball star at Keyser High; three-time All-Star batted .300 in 10 major league seasons; played for 1993 NL champion Phillies.
Hmmmm, Greasy Neal. I like it! Anyhow, before we forget, thanks Pat!