Original Caption: All-Pro defensive lineman Randy White of the Dallas Cowboys pulls a bass from the waters of a private lake in East Texas. He has been a serious bass fishermen for over four years. July 1985, Victoria Advocate, Associated Press Wirephoto

Today’s historical photo dates to 1985 and features a well-known pro – football player, that is.  Randy White, former defensive lineman for the Dallas Cowboys, wasn’t just a star on the gridiron, he was also an avid bass angler.  Even if you didn’t watch football back then, you might recognize him from all those “Team Skeeter” ads that he appeared in next to guys like Larry Nixon, Rick Clunn and others back in the early- to mid-1980s in magazines like Bassmaster.

According to the accompanying article, “White is the only non-pro fisherman to appear in the Team Skeeter ad published in regional and national publications.  ‘They asked me if I’d mind being in the ad. I’m a pro, but not at fishing.  Those guys are some of the best fishermen to be found.’  But none, it seems, were more widely recognized than White.

“Skeeter, which is part of the vast outdoors-equipment conglomerate, Coleman Company, was the first outfit to approach White about a promotional deal.  The company keeps him in fishing rigs – with all the trimmings –  in return for advertising and promotional considerations.  White says he gets other offers but really doesn’t have time for most of them.”

Here’s a 1984 Skeeter ad featuring the entire Skeeter Pro Staff including Randy White.

1984 Skeeter Team ad from the 1984 BASS Masters Classic Press Guide.