Reggie White Celebrity Life
Reggie White, born on 19th December 1961 and died on 26th December 2004, was a professional football player, and a member of the NFL Hall of Fame since 2006.
Throughout White’s professional career, White was popular not just for being an exceptional athlete but for being a Christian as well. He was ordained an evangelical minister. He is survived by two children- Jecolia and Jeremy.
Born in Tennessee, Reggie played football at Howard High School and his coach was Robert Pulliam, a retired defensive lineman at TN. During this time, he recorded 140 tackles of which 88 were solo & 10 sacks and was the recipient of All-American honors.
A college graduate, Reggie entered a contract with the USFL's Memphis Showboats team. He played with them for 2 seasons as a starter in thirty-six games. White racked up 198 tackles, 23.5 sacks, and 7 fumbles.
After the collapse of USFL, White had already proven himself to be an outstanding player to play in the NFL. He signed with Philadelphia, which retained his rights to recruit him.
He played 8 seasons, accumulating 124 sacks, and becoming Philadelphia's sack leader. White set the record for most sacks in a single season for Philadelphia with 21 in 1987, to average 1.75 sacks per game (another NFL record).
White is the exclusive player to have accumulated 20 or more sacks in 12 games. During his stay in Philadelphia, there were more sacks he got than the games he played in.
Green Bay Packers
In the year 1993, Reggie became a free agent and signed with Green Bay, playing six seasons. Although he was not as productive as he was in Philadelphia, he still had 68.5 sacks, to be the all-time leader of Green Bay, until he was surpassed by Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila in 2007.
He helped Green Bay reach two Super Bowls, winning one. It was his only championship in any category. In the year 1998, Reggie was nominated as The NFL's Best Defensive Player.
After 1998, White retired from professional soccer but was tempted to return to play for Carolina. He played for only a year and retired again. In 2000, Carolina pulled him out of a yearlong retirement and he started all sixteen games for the team.
He accumulated 16 tackles, 6 sacks, and one forced fumble. He retired again at the end of that campaign.
When he finally said goodbye to the roster, Reggie was the NFL all-time sack leader with record 198 sacks. He has been outdone by Bruce Smith with 200 sacks. He had three interceptions and returned them to gain seventy-nine yards.
Reggie recovered 19 balls, gaining 137 yards & 3 touchdowns. White’s 9 consecutive seasons with a minimum of 10 sacks remain as an NFL record yet to be broken. He was named an All-Pro in 13 of his 15 seasons.
On 26th December 2004, White suffered from cardiac arrhythmia and was rushed to a hospital, where he was declared dead. He is buried in Mooresville, NC.
The Tennessee Volunteers retired White's jersey on 1st October 2005, the third in modern college history. On 5th December 2005, Philadelphia also withdrew his number in a game against Seattle. Mike Holmgren was Seattle's coach at the time and had been White's coach in Green Bay.
But the most significant ceremony was at Green Bay. Prior to White's retirement, the Packers had only withdrawn four jerseys. White became the fifth Packer to have his number withdrawn.
Hall of FameIf White hadn't come out of retirement to play Carolina for a year, chances are he would have been cast for the 2004 Hall of Fame alongside John Elway and Barry Sanders. He was elected in his first year of eligibility on 5th August 2006 in Ohio.
Reggie's widow Sara White gave the acceptance speech. It was introduced by her son, Jeremy White, who had just released his autobiography.
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