Reginald Howard “Reggie” White (December 19, 1961 - December 26, 2004) (DE) became an ordained Evangelical minister at 17 years old, and then spent the next 22 years doling out punishment to hundreds of college football and NFL quarterbacks and ball carriers as one of the most feared defensive lineman in football history. White set school records for single game, seasons and career sacks at the University of Tennessee where he was also earned All-American status and was named the 1983 SEC Player of the Year. After college, Reggie signed with the Memphis Showboats of the Unites States Football League, playing two seasons and registering 23.5 sacks and 198 tackles in 36 games. The Philadelphia Eagles drafted “The Minister of Defense” fourth overall in the 1984 NFL Supplemental Draft. Reggie played eight years in the City of Brotherly Love (1985-1992) where he set an Eagles regular season record with 21 sacks in 1987 and registered 124.0 sacks with Philadelphia. He led the NFL in back-to-back seasons in Philly with 21.0 in 1987 and 18.0 in 1988. Though Philadelphia fielded excellent teams during White’s tenure, they struggled to play deep into the playoffs over his eight years.
In 1993, the Green Bay Packers signed Reggie as a free agent in 1993 where he played another six years (1993-1998) and led the Pack to back-to-back Super Bowls in 1996 and 1997, capturing Super Bowl XXXI over the New England Patriots. Reggie was a ten-time NFL All-Pro First Team selection, played in 13 NFL Pro Bowls and was named the 1986 Pro Bowl MVP. He was also named the UPI NFC Defensive Player of the Year three times and the NFL Defensive Player of the Year twice. White played one final season with the Carolina Panthers (2000) before retiring. When Reggie left the Eagles and the Packers, he was the franchise leader in all-time career sacks for each club. Reggie White finished his career with 198.0 career sacks, 1,048 tackles, 33 forced fumbles and 20 fumbles recoveries for 137 return yards and two touchdowns. Reggie White was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006. Reggie White died tragically of a heart arrhythmia in 2004 at the age of 43.