After "The Last Dance" reminded fans of the greatness of Scottie Pippen existing in the shadow of Michael Jordan, theScore's feature writers decided to examine some of the most compelling second bananas in other sports. The series begins with college football.
Imagine this scenario: A running back for the No. 1 team in college football scores a touchdown every eighth carry. By the end of the season, he crosses the goal line 24 times - more than any other player. His team goes undefeated through the regular season.
He doesn't finish top 10 in Heisman Trophy voting.
This isn't a hypothetical. Fifteen years ago, it happened to LenDale White. While teammates Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush won Heismans in 2004 and 2005, White played second banana in one of college football's greatest backfields of all time.
For his career at USC, White played Scottie Pippen to Bush's Michael Jordan. Perhaps no player in the 21st century has been so prolific and so overshadowed by a teammate at the same position. White ranks ninth all time at USC in rushing yards; Bush is only 10 yards ahead of him.
White's journey to second banana status actually began in recruiting, when the Trojans signed the second-best class in the country in 2003. The headliner was Bush, a five-star back from La Mesa, California, outside of San Diego.
Of the three running backs USC signed in that cycle, White actually ranked third - Chauncey Washington, a four-star recruit, was ahead of him in 247Sports' rankings. White was a four-star recruit, too, and the biggest of the bunch. His recruiting profile listed him at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds. The year before he arrived in Los Angeles, he rumbled for 1,683 yards for Chatfield High School in Littleton, Colorado.