Michigan State Football: 4 wide receivers overlooked in the NFL since 2000

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2. Blair White

Blair White is the perfect embodiment of a ‘Spartan Dawg’ in every way. He was a success story, a guy who wasn’t highly rated coming out of high school. In fact, as a walk-on, it wasn’t likely that he’d see any significant playing time at all by the time he graduated.

Guys without D1 offers won’t find a better program than Michigan State to build their way up and gain exposure to the NFL. And White did just that. He would finish his career in the green and white with 18 starts, 116 receptions, 1,674 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns.

But when the draft came around, White’s name was not called. He would end up finding playing time with the Indianapolis Colts, catching balls from Hall of Famer Peyton Manning. He finished a strong rookie season with 36 receptions for 355 yards and five touchdown receptions.

In his second campaign, he would struggle with back issues and eventually be waived from the Colts. At this point, he would voluntarily leave the NFL. Despite it being by his own choice, he wasn’t given a fair shot after injuries and could have had a very strong professional career.