Lackawanna to retire jersey of Chicago Bears’ Kevin White on May 7

Lackawanna to retire jersey of Chicago Bears’ Kevin White on May 7

SCRANTON, Pa. – Lackawanna College will celebrate the return of Chicago Bears wide receiver Kevin White, a member of Lackawanna's Class of 2012, during a jersey retirement ceremony at its annual Blue-White Game on Saturday, May 7, at Valor Credit Union Field at Scranton Memorial Stadium, 801 Providence Ave., Scranton.  Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m., and the ceremony is set for halftime at approximately 2 p.m. Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend.

Joining White at the May 7 game will be Baltimore Ravens running back Lorenzo Taliaferro. A May 2012 graduate of Lackawanna College, Taliaferro continued his education at Coastal Carolina University and was a fourth round draft pick with the Ravens in the 2014 NFL Draft.

White graduated from Emmaus High School in Emmaus, Pa., and enrolled at Lackawanna College in the fall of 2010. He was red-shirted for the 2010-11 season and sat out during the 2011 season.

But White only required one year to leave a mark on the Falcons program on his path to the NFL.

During the 10-game 2012 season, White recorded 36 receptions for 545 yards, including six touchdowns, proving himself as an amazingly talented wide receiver. An offer from West Virginia University gave him a new home at a Division I school and new opportunities following his graduation from Lackawanna in December 2012.

In two seasons at West Virginia, he had a total of 144 receptions for 1,954 yards and 15 touchdowns. For his outstanding performance in 2014, he was selected to the All-Big 12 First Team, and named a First Team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association, CBS, Scout and TSN; and a Second Team All American by the Associated Press. In addition, White was a finalist and semifinalist for several prestigious college football awards including the Fred Biletnikoff Award, the Paul Warfield Trophy, and the Maxwell Award.

White was drafted by the Chicago Bears as their first round choice, the seventh overall, in the 2015 NFL Draft. He missed his initial season with the Bears due to a shin stress fracture he received during training camp, but he is expected to play for Chicago this season.

He has the distinction of being the second Falcon ever to be selected in the first round of an NFL Draft. The first was Bryant McKinnie, a seventh overall draft pick with the Minnesota Vikings in the 2002 NFL Draft.

"It's a privilege for us to honor someone like Kevin White," said Falcons football head coach Mark Duda. "For a school of Lackawanna's size to have one player selected in the first round of the NFL Draft is amazing. The odds of having two are astronomical. You would have a better chance of winning the lottery twice before getting two first rounders."

Since Kevin's graduation, his brothers – Ka'Raun and Kyzir – have both enrolled at Lackawanna College, finding continued success with the football program. In 2015, Ka'Raun committed to continue his education at West Virginia, and Kyzir will also join the Mountaineers after his Letter of Intent signing earlier this year.

"We're so proud of Kevin, his brothers, and all of their accomplishments here and in their continued collegiate and professional careers. They're proof of what makes our program great," Duda added.

For more information on the Blue-White game or Lackawanna's football program, visit www.lackawannafalcons.com