Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 33 History

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(By Delegates Eldridge, Anderson, Argento, Azinger, Barker, Beach, Boggs, Border, Butcher, Campbell, Cann, Caputo, Craig, Crosier, Ennis, Evans, Ferro, Fleischauer, Fragale, Frazier, Givens, Guthrie, Hall, Hamilton, Hartman, Hatfield, Hunt, Hutchins, Klempa, Kominar, Lawrence, Longstreth, Louisos, Mahan, Manchin, Manypenny, Marshall, Martin, Michael, Miley, C. Miller, Moore, Morgan, Moye, Paxton, Perdue, Perry, Pethtel, D. Poling, M. Poling, Porter, Reynolds, Rodighiero, Ross, Rowan, Schadler, Shaver, Shook, Skaff, Smith, Staggers, Stephens, Stowers, Susman, Swartzmiller, Tabb, Talbott, Varner, Walker, Webster, Wells, White, Williams and Wooton)

Requesting that the West Virginia Legislature commemorate the achievements of Patrick "Pat" White and request the West Virginia University Athletic Department to retire his West Virginia Mountaineer football jersey number five.

Whereas, Patrick "Pat" White, of Daphne, Alabama, one of the former leaders of the West Virginia University Mountaineer football team, had achieved heights of success on the football field seldom seen before in the history of college football; and
Whereas, The Mountaineer football team has been a source of great pride for West Virginians throughout the years; and
Whereas, The people of West Virginia take their team's triumphs and setbacks as their own, in times of hardship and prosperity; and
Whereas, Patrick White displayed uncommon intensity and determination in preparing for the challenge of leading the Mountaineer football team on many successful endeavors on the football field that inspired his teammates, delighted his fans, and frustrated his opponents, and thereby earned the admiration and gratitude of his fellow West Virginians; and
Whereas, Among many of his accomplishments as a member of the Mountaineer football team include becoming:
(1) A finalist for the 2007 and 2008 Heisman Trophy;
(2) The 2007 Gator Bowl MVP Award recipient;
(3) The 2008 Fiesta Bowl MVP Award recipient;
(4) The 2008 Meineke Car Care Bowl Player of the Game Award recipient;
(5) The Big East Offensive Player of the Year in 2006 and 2007;
(6) A Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award finalist in 2008;
(7) The first and only NCAA quarterback to win four consecutive bowl games as a starter;
(8) Sixth in NCAA history for most career victories as a starting quarterback;
(9) The all-time leader in NCAA quarterback rushing yards; and
(10) The all-time leader in touchdowns for any position in the Big East; and
Whereas, Patrick White, while wearing West Virginia University football jersey number five, brought great honor to himself, his university, and the State of West Virginia; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the West Virginia Legislature congratulates Patrick White for the many accolades he and his teammates achieved throughout his football playing career at West Virginia University; and,
Commends Patrick White for demonstrating throughout his football playing career the best qualities of teamwork, dedication, and sportsmanship; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the West Virginia University Athletic Department enshrine Patrick White's accomplishments by retiring his jersey number five; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a certified copy of this resolution to Patrick White, as well as to the Director of the West Virginia University Athletic Department.
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