For a very long time, Dillon White watched MacArthur’s football from the same stands as many fans. It wasn’t until the age of about 12 that White had the courage to try out the MacArthur Middle School football team.
“What switched from basketball to football in the beginning was not so much running,” White said. “After that it was about hitting someone as hard as possible. I can’t do this in basketball. You can be on the ground and hit them with all your might.
About five years later, White feels like he made the right choice.
“I didn’t start playing football until Grade 8,” he says. “I’ve always been a fan but I was a great basketball player growing up. I started lifting weights and someone wanted me to try for the football team in my eighth year. I was terrible. but I loved it.
That someone ended up being star running back Isaiah Gray. The two went to daycare together before ending up at MacArthur Middle School. As part of the basketball team, the two quickly became friends. Almost half a decade later, and the two remain close.
“Me and Isaiah have always been very close growing up. He was probably one of my number one best friends, ”White said.
White was born in Frederick, spending the first seven years with his grandparents. After his sophomore year, White moved with his mother to Lawton and began attending Carriage Hills Elementary. Since then, White has sworn allegiance to MacArthur as an official member of the Lawton community.
It hasn’t always been easy for Whites. In the first game of his junior year, White would tear his labarum over his right shoulder. Hoping not to shut down for the year, White waited until the end of the year to have the surgery. Even to this day, White is feeling the effects.
“I had a big operation on March 19th. I missed a lot of football during this time. I weighed 300 pounds and now it’s 215. It sucks to lose your strength from working out since you started lifting weights, ”White said.
To whites, football means so much. Outside of the white lines of the football field, it’s the people who make it worth it. Love, teamwork, and football’s hard knocks were key to White’s change of mind.
“Football means a lot of things, but if I had to say one thing, it’s to have a brotherhood. Have someone next to you who you can count on. Coaches are there if you ever need anything. It’s like having a father figure and a brother right next to you. It’s my favorite part of football, ”he said. “Hitting people too is my favorite too.