#92 Reggie White - DL

Reggie White Career NFL Stats 1985-1998, 2000


Reginald Howard White was born on December 19, 1961 in Chattanooga, TN. He was the son of Thelma Collier and Charles White. Reggie’s nickname of the ‘Minister of Defense’ is due in part from his upbringing. He was raised by his mother and grandparents and they were a religious family. He went to church regularly growing up and wanted to become a minister one day. However he found another passion which was sports especially football. He started to play football in part because he was big for his age. His size and strength would become an unstoppable combination in football at each level of competition. 



Reggie attended Howard High School. He was a three sport athlete, starring in football, basketball and track. White was an athletic force in high school, earning All-State honors in basketball and All-State and All-American honors in football. He would grow to be 6’5” and 300 pounds by the time he graduated. With major colleges recruiting him from across the country, White decided to stay close to home and attended the University of Tennessee. Even with all of his athletic success, White still maintained his religious roots. He even started to preach at the age of 17


Reggie White College Career Stats and Notes

Reggie played for the University of Tennessee from 1980-83. He had 32.5 sacks during his college career. During his senior year, he had over 100 tackles, 15 sacks and was named SEC Player of the Year. He was also a Lombardi Trophy winner and a First Team All-American in 1983. 


Awards and Achievements

1st Team: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1998

2nd Team: 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997

Pro Bowl Selections
1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998
Defensive Player of the Year Award

Super Bowl Champion


Member of 1980s All-Decade Team

Member of 1990s All-Decade Team

Member of NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team

Member of NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team



Reggie White NFL Career Stats and Notes

Reggie was selected 4th overall in the 1984 NFL Supplemental Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. After a year in the USFL with the Memphis Showboats, White joined the Eagles during the 1985 season. For the next eight seasons, the Eagles had one of the best defensive lines in the league thanks to White. In 1993, White shocked the league by signing a free agent deal with the Green Bay Packers. 

White solidified a Packers’ defense that had put together a potent offense led by future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre. In 1996, the Pack had a top five ranked offense and defense which produced a dominating 13-3 regular season. The Packers advanced to Super Bowl XXXI where they faced the New England Patriots. Reggie and the Packers returned glory back to Title town as they won 31-20, the franchise’s first Super Bowl in almost 30 years. The Pack would return to the Super Bowl the following year, but were defeated by the Denver Broncos 31-24 led by Hall of Famers John Elway and Terrell Davis. White retired after the 1998 season.

The retirement lasted one season as he would sign with the Carolina Panthers in 2000. He would retire for good after one season in Carolina. In 2006, White was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 


Reggie White Sets Super Bowl Sack Record

The Minister of Defense had a legendary career, finishing 2nd all-time in sacks with 198, two behind Hall of Famer Bruce Smith. White stacked up the individual accolades over his career, but going into his 12th year in the league, he still hasn’t played for a championship. That all changed as the Packers reached Super Bowl XXXI. White took advantage of the opportunity as he applied pressure all game. He would set a Super Bowl record with three sacks. Green Bay won its third Super Bowl and White finally became a champion.



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