Lonnie White Dies at 49

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Record-setting USC football kick returner and award-winning Los Angeles Times sportswriter Lonnie White died Saturday at the age of 49. 

Click here for his LA Times obituary.

White played receiver at USC from 1982-86, but he starred as a kickoff return man setting a single-season record with 716 return yards, which stood until 2010 (Robert Woods). He made the New Orleans Saints in 1987 before beginning his journalism career, which landed him at the Times for two decades.

"It's a tremendous loss for the entire Trojan family," USC athletic department spokesman Tim Tessalone told the LA Times. "Lonnie was always one of the favorite sons of USC, and we've always been very proud of his post-USC accomplishments.

"He had a tough go the last few years, but he was a true Trojan and fought on and battled through a lot of things."

Said Marcus Allen: "Obviously he was a loyal Trojan, that's for sure, even though he'd be as objective as he possibly could as a writer. I thought he did a good job of walking that line.

"He had a job to do. He wasn't writing for the Trojans, he was a Trojan who was writing. I thought he did a good job of balancing that. It's just sad. It's terrible."


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