October 31st is a day of haunting, scary stories, and dressing up like other people. But this day in 2021 will be forever remembered as a haunting day for Cincinnati Bengals fans as a backup quarterback for the NY Jets named Mike White dressed up as an all-time great quarterback.
Well, who is Mike White?
White was drafted in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. After sitting behind Dak Prescott in the 2018 season, he was unfortunately cut the following preseason.
This life-altering moment for White didn't last long as just a few weeks after being cut, the Jets decided to swoop into the free agency market and sign him to a reserve/future contract.
But, his career on the Jets started off with plenty of ups and downs. After being signed to a reserve/future contract in the 2019 NFL season, he was waived and re-signed to the practice squad in the summer of 2020.
From 2020 until the previous 2021 NFL season, White was waived four times, signed or reverted to the practice squad six times, and elevated to the active roster five times.
After one of the craziest years of his life, the Jets would give him slight security by signing him to a future/reserve contract before the 2021 NFL season.
But one thing the Jets' front office and fans didn't expect in the 2021 season was Mike White's talent to shine through on Halloween night.
One week prior to his promising Week 8 matchup, starting quarterback at the time, Zach Wilson, would go down with an injury in the second quarter against the New England Patriots.
White would enter into the game and instantly find the endzone on a dime to wide receiver Corey Davis for his first NFL touchdown.
He would finish the bout against the Patriots with 202 passing yards, one passing touchdown, and two interceptions which would result in a 54-13 blowout loss.
After the loss, Wilson would continue to be held out of action against the Cincinnati Bengals on Halloween night, and White would once again have a shot at NFL action, this time with his first career start.
To start the game against the Bengals, his play was downright disappointing as he threw two interceptions and suffered a minor neck injury that took him out of the game.
After being cleared by the medical staff, White entered back into action and instantly took over. He completed 37-of-45 passes and threw for 405 yards and three touchdowns in an outstanding 34-31 upset over the future Super Bowl 56 runner-ups.
This stat line ranks as the second-most passing yards in a player's first career start in NFL history. The only player with more passing yards was former MVP Cam Newton who threw for 422 yards.
After a historic performance, he would go on to start against the Indianapolis Colts and start the game going 7-for-11 for 95 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game with a hand injury.
His next appearance after returning from his hand injury would be against the Buffalo Bills where he threw for 251 yards and four touchdowns. A huge rise to stardom for White, turned instantly into a massive downfall at the hands of the Bills.
After throwing for a combined total of 953 yards, five touchdowns, and eight interceptions through four games of action, he would be replaced by Zach Wilson after the No. 2 overall pick returned from injury.
So, what's next for Mike White?