Byron “Whizzer” White Historic Boulder Colorado All Star

Byron “Whizzer” White didn’t actually like the nickname given to him given to him by a sports writer back in the 1930’s due to his ability to seemingly “whiz by people” on the field.

Later in life, while working after his college career, his secretary was known to reply when people asked for the proper spelling, she was known to reply:  B-Y-R-O-N!

Byron White is quite well known, even outside of Boulder as he went on to quite a career. Originally coming from a small town called Wellington, relatively near Fort Collins, Colorado, Byron worked in sugar beet fields (a large industry back in those days around here) and also worked with his father in the local lumber yard. Call, text, or email me today!… I’d seriously enjoy having the opportunity to talk to you about your planif you’re moving, or if you know someone who is considering a move, and needs some straight answers.

In 1938, the CU Buffaloes (newly named at the time) played Rice University in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. CU unfortunately lost the game, White was considered one of the most popular players in the country. A reported was even quoted as saying White “was as glorious in defeat as he had been in victory.”

Perhaps that’s why he went on to such lofty successes as graduating first in his class in ’38 as class president, earned a Rhodes scholarship to England’s Oxford University, and played with the Pittsburg Steelers.

That was just the beginning. The following year he studied at Oxford, then returned to the US where he studied at Yale Law School, then took a tangent to play for the Detroit Lions, and was named to the National Football Hall of Fame.

There’s more: he was a naval intelligence officer in WWI and then returned to Yale and graduated magna cum laude in ’46. After graduation and getting married to the president of CU’s daughter Marion Stearns, spend a year in Washington, then returned to Colorado to practice law for almost 15 years.

Eventually he was chosen as President John F. Kennedy’s first Supreme Court nominee in 1962 and served until his retirement in 1993. White is still fondly remembered by Boulder and the University of Colorado. He was the inaugural inductee in the CU Athletic Hall of Fame, and his jersey, #24, is on display with photos and other memorabilia in the Heritage Center Museum at the building known as Old Main on the CU Campus.

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Zachary Epps, GRI, ABR, REALTOR®, Eco-Broker®, full-time RE/MAX professional, and author of the Boulder Real Estate and Neighborhood Guide The Boulder Condo Guide The Home Buyer’s Handbook Call, text, or email me today!… I’d seriously enjoy having the opportunity to talk to you about your plans if you’re moving, or if you know someone who is considering a move, and needs some straight answers.

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