COACHING: When Cal was able to lure Ed White from the NFL in January of 1999 to rebuild Cal's offensive line area, it raised many eyebrows. Even given his Cal roots as an All-American at the school in the late 1960s, it was a huge coup to lure the highly accomplished coach back from the NFL. A master technician while an All-Pro player during a 17-year NFL career, he has been equally adept as a teacher during the past 12 years. He is universally considered as one of the finest offensive line coaches on any level of the game. White has both college and pro coaching experience as he spent seven seasons in the NFL, working with the San Diego Chargers from 1986-87 and 1989-91, the Los Angeles Rams in 1988 and 1998 with the St. Louis Rams. He also spent four seasons as the offensive line coach of San Diego State under Ted Tollner from 1994 to '97. While with the Aztecs, he developed several lightly recruited players into accomplished collegians, including NFL first round draft choice Kyle Turley with the New Orleans Saints and Ephraim Salaam with the Atlanta Falcons. Both were rookie starters in the NFL.
PLAYER: One of the finest offensive linemen to ever play the game, White originally was a defensive tackle at Cal where he was a consensus All-American in 1968. After moving to the offensive line as a pro, he earned four Pro Bowl berths (1975, '76, '77 and '79) and played in four Super Bowls. He was with the Minnesota Vikings from 1969-77 and ended his career with the San Diego Chargers from 1977-85. He ended his career having played in 241 pro games, the 11th highest total in NFL history. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in December 2000 and is a member of the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame.
PERSONAL: White, 54, was born April 4, 1947 in San Diego. After attending Indio HS, he graduated from Cal in 1968 with a degree in landscape architecture. In addition to his coaching talents, White is regarded as an accomplished sculptor and painter. He and his wife, Joan (pronounced Jo-anne), have two children, Timmy and Randy.
- Favorite Coaching Moment: Looking up into the stands and seeing my daughter's silhouette.
- Favorite Book: Shike by Robert Shea
- Favorite Movie: The Pink Panther
- Most Influential Coaches in Career: 1. Don Coryell, 2. Bud Grant, 2. Dave Levy, 4. Jim Hanifan
- Favorite Off-field Activity or Hobby: Water Coloring (painting)