| ||In Memory of Reginald Howard White
1961 - 2004
|All 198 Sacks||Reggie's Sacks As A Packer|
Hall of Fame Class of 2006
|It was with great sadness we learned of the death of Reggie White, a man of God, a leader, & teacher. According to Reggie's wife,
Sarah, he passed away in the early morning hours Dec 26th, 2004. The cause of death was Cardiac-Pulmonary Sarcoidosis.
In 1993 Reggie White became the first "big name" free agent to sign a contract under the newest NFL / NFLPA labor agreement. When he signed with Green Bay, long thought to be a team that would be crippled by free-agency, White, along with GM Ron Wolf, Coach Mike Holmgren & QB Brett Favre, put the Packers back on the map. Just 4 short years later, White, known as The Minister of Dense, having never won a championship at any level, helped guide the Pack to victory in Super Bowl XXXI. One of the best defensive linemen to ever play in the NFL, he held the record for most sacks with 198 at the time of his retirement.
Packer fans everywhere feel as though they owe a debt of gratitude to White. By believing he could win a championship in Green Bay, White
showed the world that Green Bay was a desirable place, not Siberia. During his Packers career White was able to convince other marquee
players to join him. Defensive End Sean Jones, Tight End Keith Jackson, Safety Eugene Robinson, and Linebacker Seth Joyner just to name a few,
all played in the Super Bowl for the Green Bay Packers. To many, White "legitamized" playing football in Green Bay, WI.
According to Packers President Bob Harlan, along with former GM & Head Coach Mike Sherman, discussions had been held concerning the details of retiring number 92. The ceremony eventually took place at halftime of the Packers first home game in 2005. He was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame as well as the Pro Football Hall of Fame in July 2006.
Tom Jackson, ESPN Analyst and former Denver Broncos linebacker, speaking of seeing Reggie White play with the Memphis Showboats of the USFL said, "When I left the stadium, I said, that's the greatest defensive player I've ever seen. And he was an even better person than football player."
He is survived by his wife Sarah, and their 2 children, a son Jerome, and a daughter Jacolia. White was 43 years old.
Prayer goes out to Reggie's family, friends & other loved ones that our Saviour Jesus Christ will give comfort.