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Northwestern CB Dwight White to retire after discovery of rare condition

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Dwight White makes a tackle in Northwestern’s game against Minnesota last year. The sophomore cornerback has decided to retire after learning he was born with only one kidney.

Dwight White makes a tackle in Northwestern’s game against Minnesota last year. The sophomore cornerback has decided to retire after learning he was born with only one kidney.

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Dwight White makes a tackle in Northwestern’s game against Minnesota last year. The sophomore cornerback has decided to retire after learning he was born with only one kidney.

Bobby Pillote, Assistant Sports Editor

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Northwestern announced Thursday that sophomore cornerback Dwight White, who has not appeared in a game this season, will retire from the football team due to an non-football-related medical issue.

“Being a member of the football program at Northwestern University has been a huge blessing,” White said in the news release. “It hurts knowing I will no longer wear my family name across my back.”

The Chicago Tribune later reported that White decided to retire after learning he was born with only one kidney, a rare condition known as renal agenesis that affects 1 in 750 children.

“We love Dwight and we’re proud to have him as a part of the Wildcats football family,” coach Pat Fitzgerald said in a news release from the athletic department. “It’s disappointing to lose a great teammate from the field.”

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