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Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Reggie White

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Reggie White made life extremely uncomfortable for many offensive players on Sunday afternoons during his career which spanned from 1984 -2000.

After college, White signed with the Memphis Showboats of the USFL. He played for Memphis for two seasons, starting in 36 games. As a member of the Showboats, he racked up 23.5 sacks, 198 tackles, and seven forced fumbles.

When the USFL collapsed in 1985, White was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles, which held his NFL rights. He played with the Eagles beginning in 1985 for eight seasons, during which he picked up 124 sacks, becoming the Eagles’ all-time sack leader. He also set the Eagles’ regular-season record with 21 sacks in a single season (1987, a season shortened to 12 games). The lowest number of sacks he ever recorded in Philadelphia was 11 in 1989. White also became the only player ever to accumulate 20 or more sacks in just 12 games. He also set an NFL regular-season record during 1987 by averaging the most sacks per game, with 1.75. Over the course of his tenure with the Eagles, White actually accumulated more sacks than the number of games he played. He was voted by ESPN Sportsnation as the greatest player in Eagles’ franchise history.In 1991, he set the record for most passes defended in a single season by a defensive lineman with 13, a mark that has been since broken by JJ Watt.

In 1993, White became a free agent. He was signed by the Green Bay Packers, where he played for six seasons. White notched up another 68.5 sacks to become, at the time, the Packers’ all-time leader in that category (second now to Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, who has 74.5 registered sacks). White was also just as valued for his role as a team leader. He helped the Packers win a Super Bowl, with a game ending sack, in Super Bowl XXXI. That victory was the only championship in which White ever shared at any level. In 1998, White was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year for the second time.

In 2000, he came out of a one-year retirement and started all 16 games for the Panthers. White had five and a half sacks and one forced fumble while with the team. He again retired at the end of the 2000 season.

On the morning of December 26, 2004, White was rushed from his home in Cornelius, North Carolina, to a nearby hospital in Huntersville, North Carolina, where he was pronounced dead. White had suffered a fatal cardiac arrhythmia. He died at age 43.

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights…the Minister of Defense…Reggie White.

 

Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 1,112
Sacks: 198.0
Forced fumbles: 33

Interceptions: 3
Touchdowns: 3
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