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History

Reggie White - Class of 2006

Defensive End (1993-98)
  • Reggie White Tribute
  • Defensive End -- Tennessee
  • Height: 6-5
  • Weight: 300
  • Born: Dec. 19, 1961; Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Passed Away: Dec. 26, 2004; Cornelius, N.C.
  • High School: Howard, Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • NFL Experience: 15 seasons (1985-98, 2000)
  • NFL Teams: Philadelphia Eagles (1985-92), Green Bay Packers (1993-98), Carolina Panthers (2000)
  • USFL Experience: Two seasons (1984-85, Memphis Showboats)
  • NFL Games Played/Started: 232/228
  • Pro Bowl Selections (13): 1986-98

  • Named to 13 straight Pro Bowls (1986-98).
  • Two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1987, 1998).
  • His 198 sacks in 15 NFL seasons currently rank second all-time behind Bruce Smith, who retired with 200 sacks in 19 seasons.
  • Collected a franchise-record 124 sacks in only 121 games with the Eagles from 1985-92. Also posted the most sacks in Packers history, 68, from 1993-98.
  • Recorded 221 sacks as a professional, including 23 with the Memphis Showboats of the USFL from 1984-85.
  • Dropped 75 different NFL quarterbacks, including most-frequent victim Phil Simms (15).
  • Believed to be the first athlete, other than Jackie Robinson and Wayne Gretzky, to have his number retired by three teams in the same season (Green Bay Packers, University of Tennessee and Philadelphia Eagles in 2005).
  • The epitome of a team leader, shook off assorted injuries to start his final 73 games, including playoffs, from the 1995 postseason until his final contest in 2000 with Carolina. Missed just one non-strike game during 15 seasons in the NFL.
  • In earning a Super Bowl XXXI ring with Green Bay, sacked New England's Drew Bledsoe three times, a Super Bowl record.
  • Averaged 1.75 sacks per game, a league-leading 21 sacks in just 12 contests during a strike-shortened 1987 season with Philadelphia.
  • Twice led the NFL in sacks, sharing the NFL record for number of seasons leading the league.
  • His nine consecutive seasons with 10-or-more sacks remains an NFL record and his 12 seasons with 10-or-more sacks is surpassed by only Bruce Smith's 13.
  • At his peak, could run a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash.
  • Elected to NFLs 75th anniversary all-time team, and the only member of Pro Football Weekly's all-decade team for both the 1980s and 1990s.
  • An ordained Baptist minister since age 17, nicknamed "The Minister of Defense" as a senior in 1983 at the University of Tennessee.
  • Had a significant impact in helping to usher in the era of unrestricted free agency, becoming the first big-name player to switch teams when he signed with Green Bay in 1993. The only significant personnel change on a defense that ranked 23rd the year prior, helped Green Bay improve to No. 2 in his first Packers season.
Career
  • The most honored athlete ever to play defensive end in the National Football League's long history, Reggie White was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a first-ballot inductee, Feb. 4, 2006
  • During a singular and distinguished 15-year NFL career, he earned selection to 13 consecutive Pro Bowls (1986-98), a league record until Bruce Matthews broke the mark in 2002
  • Currently ranks second all-time with 198 quarterback sacks
  • Long a legitimate icon in his game, White had seen his talents, performance and persona elicit the ultimate in superlatives for more than a decade
  • The prepossessing Tennesseean was larger than life, literally and figuratively -- a man apart, both at his position and off the field
  • Twice led the NFL in sacks, sharing the NFL record for number of seasons leading the league
  • In 1987 (while playing just 12 games due to the players' strike) set an NFC mark, 21 sacks, that stood until the Giants' Michael Strahan eclipsed the total with 22 in 2001
  • His nine consecutive seasons with 10-or-more sacks remains an NFL record and his 12 seasons with double-figure sacks is surpassed by only Bruce Smith's 13
  • Fritz Shurmur, the late Green Bay defensive coordinator, paid White the ultimate compliment, calling him "the cornerstone and foundation" of the Packers
  • Without a due-justice method to adequately measure White's electrifying impact upon the Packers' defense in his six seasons there, the best example was probably 1996
  • Under White's leadership that year, Green Bay reached the summit, finishing as the NFL's top-ranked unit for the first time since 1967
  • White and his colleagues led the league in fewest points allowed (210) and set an NFL record for fewest touchdowns allowed in a 16-game season (19)
  • His unit's rankings consistently held top spots in many defensive categories since his arrival upon the Green Bay scene
  • The Green Bay defense soared to second place in 1993 (from a distant 23rd the previous year), when the former Philadelphia Eagles superstar joined the Green and Gold as the most sought-after performer to become available with the advent of unrestricted free agency in the National Football League
  • Head coach Mike Holmgren, for one, was able to put the 1993 performance in practical perspective
  • White "made us a better football team -- no question about it," Holmgren said, documenting this assertion by noting, "We went from 23 on defense to two -- with no noticeable dramatic personnel changes, except for one man."
  • Still at the very top of his game after 13 years, White again saw his on-field superiority documented in 1997 by his selection to the Pro Bowl for an NFL-record 12th straight year, breaking a tie with the San Francisco 49ers' Jerry Rice (1986-96) and the Cincinnati Bengals' Anthony Munoz (1981-91) for the most consecutive times chosen since the 1970 league merger
  • Based largely on his then-status as professional football's all-time sacks leader, White earned a distinguished reservation on the National Football League's 75th Anniversary All-Time Team in August of 1994
  • With 12 career postseason sacks, ranks third in NFL history behind Willie McGinest (16) and Bruce Smith (14)
  • Sacked 75 different quarterbacks over his NFL career, including most-frequent victim Phil Simms (15)
  • Earlier in his career, he had become the fastest player in league history to record 100 career sacks, reaching the century mark in only 93 games, 21 games faster than No. 2 Lawrence Taylor (114)
  • One of the game's most durable performers, he missed a non-strike game for the first time in his career late in the 1995 season (Dec. 10 at Tampa Bay due to a hamstring problem), but was back at his customary stand the following week
  • Had played in 166 consecutive 'union' contests to that point, one of the longest such streaks in NFL history
  • And, despite assorted injuries one would expect late in the career of a lineman, still started his final 73 games in succession, including playoffs, from the '95 postseason to his final contest in 2000 with the Carolina Panthers
  • Was the only player in NFL history to register double-digit sack totals in nine consecutive seasons (1985 through 1993)
  • He in 1993 also became the first Packers defensive end chosen to the Pro Bowl since Ezra Johnson in 1978
  • Impressively productive since his selection by the Eagles as a first-round pick in the NFL's supplemental draft of USFL players in 1984, White amassed 1,151 tackles (822 solo), including his 198 sacks
  • He also posted three interceptions and 57 passes defensed, and forced 32 fumbles and recovered 21, two of the latter for touchdowns
  • In addition, he supplemented those contributions by registering two safeties and blocking four kicks (two FGs, one PAT and one punt)
  • The only player to be selected by Pro Football Weekly on its 1980s and 1990s All-Decade teams, he customarily lined up at defensive end, but also used his strength and speed to wreak havoc on blocking schemes from various positions along the line during his career
  • Launched his pro career with the USFL's Memphis Showboats (1984-85), posting 193 tackles (120 solo) and 23 sacks, and forcing seven fumbles in 34 starts.
All-Time Sacks By Nfl Quarterback
75 passers, 198 sacks, 15 NFL seasons, 232 regular-season games
Phil Simms 15.5
Neil Lomax 13.0
Trent Dilfer 8.0
Jeff Hostetler 7.5
Troy Aikman 7.0
Tommy Kramer 6.5
Chris Miller 6.5
John Elway 5.5
Warren Moon 5.0
Steve Pelluer 5.0
Brad Johnson 4.5
Scott Mitchell 4.0
Jim Plunkett 4.0
Jeff Rutledge 4.0
Don Majkowski 3.5
Jim Everett 3.0
Stan Gelbaugh 3.0
Timm Rosenbach 3.0
Cliff Stoudt 3.0
Jack Trudea 3.0
Steve Young 3.0
Charlie Batch 2.5
Bobby Hebert 2.5
Dave Krieg 2.5
Joe Montana 2.5
Jay Schroeder 2.5
Danny White 2.5
David Archer 2.0
Kerry Collins 2.0
Boomer Esiason 2.0
Trent Green 2.0
Jim Harbaugh 2.0
Mark Hermann 2.0
Gary Hogeboom 2.0
Stan Humphries 2.0
Danny Kanell 2.0
Jim Kelly 2.0
Erik Kramer 2.0
Dan Marino 2.0
Ken O'Brien 2.0
Tom Ramsey 2.0
Mark Rypien 2.0
Mike Tomczak 2.0
Wade Wilson 2.0
Vince Evans 1.5
Jim McMahon 1.5
Rodney Peete 1.5
Vinny Testaverde 1.5
Steve Beuerlein 1.0
Jeff Blake 1.0
Drew Bledsoe 1.0
Bubby Brister 1.0
Mark Brunell 1.0
Chris Chandler 1.0
Randall Cunningham 1.0
Koy Detmer 1.0
Ty Detmer 1.0
Craig Erickson 1.0
Joe Ferguson 1.0
Vince Ferragamo 1.0
Rich Gannon 1.0
Jeff Garcia 1.0
Jason Garrett 1.0
Elvis Grbac 1.0
Steve Grogan 1.0
Blair Kiel 1.0
Bernie Kosar 1.0
Sean Salisbury 1.0
Steve Stenstrom 1.0
Alex Van Pelt 1.0
Doug Williams 1.0
Eric Zeier 1.0
Anthony Dilweg 0.5
Rick Mirer 0.5
Neil O'Donnell 0.5

Statistics
TacklesSacksInterceptionsFumbles
YearTeamGPGSTotalUTATNoYdsNoYdsLGTDPDFRFF
1984Memphis (USFL)161695524311-0000-12
1985Memphis (USFL)181898683012-0000-15
1985Philadelphia (NFL)1312100623813-0000020
1986Philadelphia (NFL)161698831518-0000501
1987Philadelphia (NFL)121276621421-0000014
1988Philadelphia (NFL)1616133963718-0000021
1989Philadelphia (NFL)1616123824111-0000223
1990Philadelphia (NFL)161683592414-133330414
1991Philadelphia (NFL)1616100722815-10001332
1992Philadelphia (NFL)161681542714-0000213
1993Green Bay (NFL)161698673113870000223
1994Green Bay (NFL)16155941188710000712
1995Green Bay (NFL)15134637912960000402
1996Green Bay (NFL)1616362115850146460633
1997Green Bay (NFL)161646361011730000620
1998Green Bay (NFL)161645331216980000504
2000Carolina (NFL)16162717105450000110
NFL Totals (15 seasons)2322281151822329198-379460572132
NFL Playoffs19185147412-0000101
Eagles Totals (eight seasons)1211207945702241240233330261218
Packers Totals (six seasons)9592330235956847614646030814
USFL Totals (two seasons)34341931207323-0000-27
USFL Playoffs220-----------

Additional Statistics
  • Safeties (2): vs. Washington (12/8/85) and in the playoffs at New Orleans (1/3/93)
  • Blocked field goals (2): at N.Y. Giants (10/12/86) and vs. St. Louis Cardinals (12/7/86)
  • Blocked PAT: vs. Atlanta (10/30/88)
  • Blocked punt: vs. Tampa Bay (10/27/96)
  • Touchdowns (2): 70-yard fumble return at Washington (9/13/87) and 37-yard fumble return at Phoenix Cardinals (9/13/92).
Career Transactions
1984 Selected by Memphis Showboats in 1984 United States Football League Territorial Draft...Signed first USFL contract, Jan. 15...Placed on Memphis developmental squad, March 9...Activated from developmental squad, March 24...Selected by Philadelphia Eagles in first round (fourth overall) of 1984 NFL Supplemental Draft of USFL Players, June 5.
1985 Released by Showboats, Sept. 19...Signed as a supplemental draft selection with Philadelphia Eagles, Sept. 21...Granted commissioner's roster exemption, Sept. 21...Activated from exempt/commissioner's permission list, Sept. 24.
1989 Placed on reserve/did not report list by Eagles, July 28...Activated, Aug. 23.
1993 Granted unrestricted free agency, March 1...Signed with Green Bay Packers as unrestricted free agent, April 9.
1996 Re-signed by Packers to five-year contract extension, Dec. 12.
1999 Placed on reserve/retired list by Packers, Feb. 16.
2000 Terminated by Packers from reserve/retired list, July 22...Signed by Carolina Panthers as free agent, July 24.
2001 Placed on reserve/retired list by Panthers, March 1.