Legends Of The Gridiron - Reggie White The Minister Of Defense
White was arguably the greatest NFL defensive end ever to play the game.
With second on the all time career sacks list, two-time defensive player
of the year and a member of the college and pro football hall of fame,
his stats more than back his accomplishments.
Reggie White’s professional career spanned 14 years in the NFL with three
different teams. He started his career at the University of Tennessee
setting school records for the most sacks in a game and season. He
currently holds both records to this day making him a legend in the
University of Tennessee football program.
After his successful start in college football, Reggie signed on with the
Memphis Showboats of the USFL and played two seasons from 1984-1985. In
only 36 starts, he chalked up 23.5 sacks, 192 tackles and seven forced
fumbles before the league folded.
Drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1985, Reggie played eight seasons
and became the Eagles all time sacks leader with 124 sacks. In 1987, he
posted the regular season record with 21 sacks averaging 1.75 sacks per
game and is currently the only NFL player to ever record 20 or more
sacks in just
12 games played. After continued conflicts with the
coaching staff and Eagle management Reggie decided to make a change and
left the Philadelphia Eagles.
Many people thought Reggie might be in the twilight of his career and
wouldn’t have the impact he once did. Reggie proved those people wrong.
In 1993, Reggie was signed by the Green Bay Packers to help a struggling
team in desperate need for defensive help. Reggie White made an
immediate impact. After six seasons with the Packers, Reggie became the
Green Bay Packers all time sacks leader with 68.5 sacks. He helped the
Packers to two Super Bowls including a victory in Super Bowl XXXI. He
continued to set records and was awarded defensive player of the year in
After being diagnosed with a systemic inflammation disease called
sarcoidosis, Reggie decided to retire at the end of the 1998 season. But
after sitting out one
season in 1999 he said he had spoke to god and
that he was told to “fulfill his commitment” so he went back to football
and signed with the Carolina Panthers for the 2000 season. That was his
last season and he officially retired. At the time, Reggie was the NFL’s
all-time sacks leader with 198 sacks and was the only player to produce
9 consecutive seasons (1985-1993) with at least 10 sacks.
On December 26, 2004 Reggie White had suffered a fatal cardiac arrhythmia
most likely caused by the sarcoidosis and died unexpectedly at the age
of 43. In honor of the great Reggie White, three football teams retired
Reggie’s number in 2005. On September 18, 2005 in a halftime
presentation at Lambeau Field, Reggie became only the fifth Green Bay
Packer to have his number (92) retired by the legendary franchise.
Then on October 1, 2005 at halftime of the Tennessee vs. Mississippi game,
Reggie’s (92) jersey was retired by the University of Tennessee. Lastly
on December 5, 2005, the Philadelphia Eagles retired Reggie’s (92)
jersey in a halftime ceremony during the Eagles' Monday Night Football
game vs. the Seattle Seahawks. The coach of the Seahawks was none other
than Mike Holmgren who was Reggie’s coach while he played with the Green
Reggie was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on February 4, 2006
and was enshrined in Canton, Ohio on August 5, 2006 - a fitting end to
one of footballs greatest pass rushers of all time.
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