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Which Supreme Court justice was once known as “Whizzer”?

Justice Byron White obtained the nickname “Whizzer” as an All-American running back at the University of Colorado. He played professional football with the Pittsburgh Pirates (now Steelers) and, later, the Detroit Lions. In 1938, his rookie season, he led the National Football League in rushing. Long after his football days were over, a waitress once asked White, “Are you Whizzer White?” He answered, “I was.” It was widely known that he disliked the nickname.


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