The Minister of Defense
Reginald Howard White (December 19, 1961 – December 26, 2004) died today. Reggie was an American college and professional football player Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive player.
Reggie played in the National Football League (NFL) for 15 seasons during the 1980s and 90s. He played college football for the University of Tennessee, and was recognized as an All-American. He played for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers, and Carolina Panthers, becoming one of the most decorated players in NFL history.
The two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, 13-time Pro Bowl and 12-time All-Pro selection holds second place all-time among career sack leaders with 198 (behind Bruce Smith’s 200 career sacks) and was selected to the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team, NFL 1990s All-Decade Team, and the NFL 1980s All-Decade Team.
During his professional career, he was also known for his Christian ministry as an ordained Evangelical minister, leading to his nickname, the Minister of Defense.
Reggie White is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.