The Detroit Lions confirmed Thursday night that William White, an 11-year NFL veteran who played for the Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs, and Detroit Lions, had passed away following a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
White, 56, was given an ALS diagnosis in 2016. Chris Spielman from the Lions said in a statement, “I adored William. On and off the field, we shared both happy and sad moments. He will always be my brother because he was. Last year, when he was able to stand by my side for the Pride of the Lions event at Ford Field, I will always be grateful for that precious moment. When he is free of ALS, I can’t wait to see him again. May his family experience the serenity of God.” White spent six years in Detroit after being selected by the Lions in the fourth round of the 1988 NFL Draft.