Former USC Heisman Trophy winner Charles White has been living in an assisted-care facility for the past two years and been diagnosed with Stage 2 dementia, according to a column today by the L.A. Times’ Bill Plashcke.
White has had dementia for 10 years, according to the column.
“Everything I did in football, it was all USC,” White said.
White wants USC to welcome him back. His ex-wife, who manages his care, emailed Lincoln Riley but did not get a response.
“It’s like USC is a brother who just isn’t there anymore,” White’s daughter Tara said. “Such a big part of our life and now … nothing.”
USC changed its tune, however, once Plaschke contacted them for his column.
“Charles White’s Heisman Trophy is prominently displayed on our campus, and I know that the memories and thrills he provided live on in Trojans around the world,” Mike Bohn said. “I look forward to learning more about the challenges in his life. The opportunity to understand our former athletes and grow with them is very important to us.”
- Iowa at USC in 1961. Tickets were $3.50.
It’ll cost more when USC plays the Hawkeyes again.