Yale football wide receiver Garrett White has spent the last several months getting ready for his senior season.
He’s spent hundreds of hours lifting weights in the gym and countless days running on the practice field.
But on May 1st, he will make his biggest play at Yale, undergoing marrow transplant surgery to save someone’s life.
“We try to keep everything in perspective. What we do out here is very important to us and football is a very important thing in our lives, but when you zoom out and look at the big picture, this is bigger than football. So when you have an opportunity like this, you cant pass it up,” he said.
Yale Football Head Coach Tony Reno is constantly stressing to his players that life is more than just football. Success on and off the field is the ultimate goal.
“To have an opportunity to save a life or be in a pool of people that can potentially save a life is something you can never equate on a football field,” Reno explained.
“It’s awesome. I’m jealous of him to be able to have that opportunity to be able to change someone’s life forever,” quarterback Kurt Rawlings said.
White played in nine games at wide receiver last season for the Bulldogs, catching two passes for 11 yards.
Receiving the call from the Be the Match organization might be the most memorable moment of his career.
“When I got the call, I was pretty surprised. But just, I’m just very grateful to have the opportunity,” he said.