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July 24, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
There are lots of people who will say that Russell White was the greatest football player in Encino Crespi history. As a sophomore in 1986, he led the Celts to the Big Five Division championship, the only time a San Fernando Valley team has won the top division in the Southern Section. He went on to play for California, played for the Rams, went into coaching, worked for Los Angeles County probation and now he's the commissioner of the Oakland Athletic League. Here's the link to a profile that offers insight into the impact White has had and is having.
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August 29, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
This will be my 37th season covering high school football in Southern California. I've lugged around computers that weighed 10 pounds and used pay phones that required a dime to call collect. I've been kicked off fields by athletic directors who thought they were more powerful than a police officer. I've been cursed at by parents who believed in the power of screaming. I've seen some of the greatest high school players in Southern California history: John Elway, Russell White, Justin Fargas, Mark Sanchez....
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July 14, 1989
Russell White, who will be a freshman this fall at the University of California, will not participate in football during the coming academic year because he failed to meet the minimum Scholastic Aptitude test score of 700 required by the National Collegiate Athletic Assn. White, who is the nephew of former Ram running back Charles White, said Thursday that he will concentrate on his studies at Berkeley and return to the football program as a sophomore with three years of eligibility remaining.
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July 24, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
There are lots of people who will say that Russell White was the greatest football player in Encino Crespi history. As a sophomore in 1986, he led the Celts to the Big Five Division championship, the only time a San Fernando Valley team has won the top division in the Southern Section. He went on to play for California, played for the Rams, went into coaching, worked for Los Angeles County probation and now he's the commissioner of the Oakland Athletic League. Here's the link to a profile that offers insight into the impact White has had and is having.
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October 28, 1990 | JIM VAN VLIET, MCCLATCHY NEWS SERVICE
It had been a full 10 minutes since they opened the interview room near California's Memorial Stadium, and everybody wondered where the heck Russell White was. Finally, he showed up. He dropped himself in a chair, looked at his watch and notified the assembled media: "You've got two minutes and the clock's running." If you had your back turned, it could have been a surly Will Clark after an 0-for-5 night. Except the voice was deeper.
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October 22, 1988
Russell White of Crespi High school ran for a season-high 192 yards to become the state's leading career rusher during the Celts' 35-15 victory over St. John Bosco in a Del Rey League game Friday night at Bellflower. The senior tailback, who scored 4 touchdowns, broke the record on a 5-yard run with 4:18 left in the third quarter. White has 5,447 yards in his 3-year career, which topped the previous mark of 5,397 yards set by Ray Pallares of Valencia High in Placentia.
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December 30, 1990 | BOB BURNS, MCCLATCHY NEWS SERVICE
Russell White can see it coming. One eye twinkles eagerly, the other narrows circumspectly as he watches the curtain rise above him on center stage. The University of California sophomore will share time at tailback with senior Anthony Wallace in Monday's Copper Bowl against Wyoming, an arrangement that enabled both players to rush for 1,000 yards this fall as the Bears compiled a surprising 6-4-1 record.
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July 22, 1994 | T.J. SIMERS
Running back Russell White reported to the Rams' UC Irvine training camp site but got no chance to unpack. The Rams released White, who was selected in the third round of the draft from California a year ago, to make room for former Arizona Cardinal running back Johnny Bailey. White ran two times for 10 yards last season and failed to impress the coaching staff in off-season workouts. Bailey comes in as the team's No. 1 punt and kickoff returner.
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November 27, 1987 | STEVE LOWERY, Times Staff Writer
Servite High School plays Crespi tonight at 7:30 in a Big Five quarterfinal game at Glover Stadium. But some of the people who will attend the game have little interest in the final result. They are more interested in the matchup between Crespi's Russell White-- the Russell White--and Servite's Derek Brown. "If I wasn't coaching the game, I'd come out just to watch him run," Servite Coach Leo Hand said of White.
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February 8, 1989 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Russell White, the most highly touted running back in California this season, made it official today when he signed a letter of intent to attend the UC Berkeley. The 6-foot, 1-inch, 180-pound White, of Encino's Crespi High in the San Fernando Valley, did not choose USC, as some had expected. He is Cal's most heralded recruit in four years and has said he wants to become the first freshman in college history to win the Heisman Trophy.
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March 9, 2009 | JERRY CROWE
Many pegged Russell White for a dummy. They assumed that, academically, the great running back from Encino Crespi High wouldn't cut it at California. Even White had his doubts when he arrived on the Berkeley campus in 1989 after one of the most celebrated careers in Southland high school football history. "When I came home for Christmas break my first semester, I didn't want to go back," he says.
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March 24, 2001 | ERIC SONDHEIMER
Russell White, who led Crespi High to the 1986 Southern Section Division I football championship and became an All-Pacific 10 Conference running back at California, has been hired to coach running backs for the Celts. White, who works as a probation officer, was a high school teammate of new Crespi Coach Troy Thomas.
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September 11, 1997 | DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Russell White is finished with the game. Cut by three NFL teams in as many years, he is said to live in Northern California with an unlisted number. His friend and former agent promises to pass along a message but doubts White will agree to an interview. "I think he's a little bitter," the friend said. "A little mystified."
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August 8, 1996
Running back Russell White, from Crespi High in Encino, was waived Wednesday by the San Francisco 49ers, who signed running back Reynard Rutherford. Rutherford was in the Kansas City Chiefs' camp until his release two days ago. White, nephew of former Heisman Trophy winner Charles White, was waived by Green Bay at the end of camp last year and saw only limited duty with the Rams before being cut in 1994. White came to camp two weeks ago when injuries depleted the team's running backs.
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July 27, 1996 | MICHAEL LAZARUS
At age 25, former Crespi High star running back Russell White is facing perhaps his final football challenge. White, an All-American at California who had flunked trials with the Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay Packers, signed for the NFL minimum of $164,000 with the San Francisco 49ers Friday. White played for the London Monarchs of the World League this year, gaining 221 yards in 51 carries.
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November 30, 1994 | KENNEDY COSGROVE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the NFL regular season grinds toward its finish, Russell White sits in his Oakland apartment trying to keep a smile on his face and excess pounds off his body. And he wonders why nobody calls. Never mind a pro contract. NFL teams haven't even been offering him tryouts. Uh, guys? This is Russell White. All-American at California. Heisman Trophy candidate. The school's career rushing leader. Had three 1,000-yard seasons. You know. Russell White.
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February 8, 1989 | LONNIE WHITE, Times Staff Writer
Russell White of Encino's Crespi High School, the state's all-time leading rusher, announced Tuesday afternoon that he will attend California this fall. White is one of six Southern California athletes who are expected to sign national letters of intent with California today, the first official day of the football signing period for high school seniors.
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July 23, 1994 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After being cut by the Rams, all Russell White can do is wait by the phone for a call from his agent. The former Crespi High running back and All-American at California entered camp Thursday at UC Irvine for the start of his second year with the team but was greeted with a pink slip. "I kind of saw it coming in the last two weeks," White said. "They never really gave me an opportunity. Just look at how many plays I got to play in last year."
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July 23, 1994 | IRENE GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Russell White says getting cut by the Rams on Thursday was not surprising. The former Encino Crespi High running back and California All-American would have entered his second season with the team. Instead, he was released after reporting to the Rams' training camp at UC Irvine. "I kind of saw it coming in the last two weeks," White said. "They never really gave me an opportunity. Just look at how many plays I got to play in last year."
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