The loss of one of the greatest football players is always a sad thing, especially when he dies at the age of 43. Reggie White, the “Minister of Defense,” did so yesterday morning from respiratory failure. From 1993 to 1998, he led the Green Bay Packers in sacks, and he was a major factor in the team’s defense. In 1997 (SuperBowl XXXI), he had three sacks, a SuperBowl record, and helped the Packers to a 35-21 victory (the team’s first NFL Championship win since 1968, and its third overall). Off the field, White’s heart was immeasurable; he dedicated his life to helping others and offered spiritual guidance to everyone that he met. His spirit was more powerful off the field than his strength on the field. He was a legend, and he left behind a great legacy.
Interestingly enough, Packers Head Coach and General Manager Mike Sherman and Packers President Bob Harlan were discussing retiring number 92 on Christmas Eve. Sadly, White’s number will be retired posthumously.
Enough cannot be said in my blog about Reggie White that others have not already said, but I was fortunate enough to watch him during his tenure in Green Bay. Today’s blog is dedicated to Reggie White and his family, to all of the people whose lives he touched both on and off the field, and to all of his fans.