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Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
Died in Huntersville, North Carolina, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameReginald Howard White
Nickname Minister of Defense
Height 6' 5" (1.96 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Reginald Howard White was born on December 19, 1961 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He was born to unmarried parents, Charles White and Thelma Dodd Collier. He was raised by his mother until age eight when he was placed with his grandmother, Mildred Dodd.

At Howard High School, Reggie lettered in football, basketball and track. Following high school, he attended the University of Tennessee where he is still the all-time leader for sacks in a career and holds the single game and single season records for most sacks.

He began his professional career with the Memphis Showboats of the USFL in 1984. After the USFL folded in 1985, he went on to play for the Philadelphia Eagles where he would play for eight years, establishing himself as one of the premier pass rushers in the NFL.

In 1993, he signed with the Green Bay Packers and three years later won his first and only Super Bowl. He retired from the NFL at the end of the 1998 season only to comeback in 2000 for one more season with the Carolina Panthers.

He died on December 26, 2004 at his home in Cornelius, North Carolina. He is survived by his wife of almost twenty years, Sara White, and two children.

On February 4, 2006, he was posthumously elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: SteveG

Spouse (1)

Sara White (5 January 1985 - 26 December 2004) (his death) (2 children)

Trivia (17)

Professional football Defensive End (Green Bay Packers)
Daughter Jecolia White. Son Jeremy White.
The church where he was pastor was burned down by an arsonist. The event was broadcast on Unsolved Mysteries (1987). The arsonist is still on the loose.
He has two children, Jeremy and Jecholia
Defensive end for the USFL Memphis Showboats (1984); and the NFL Philadelphia Eagles (1985-1992), Green Bay Packers (1993-1998), and Carolina Panthers (2000).
Recorded 21 quarterback sacks in just 12 games during the strike-shortened 1987 season en route to being named NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1985.
Notched at least 10 quarterback sacks in every season from 1985-1993, an NFL record since 1982, when sacks became an official statistic. Recorded 198 sacks in his career, a record until Bruce Smith surpassed it in 2003.
Voted to the Pro Bowl 13 times, and was named Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1987 and 1998.
Twice came out of retirement: Retired after the 1997 season, but decided to play one more year before retiring after the 1998 season. Ended a one-year retirement to play for the Carolina Panthers in 2000, before permanently retiring after the season.
The City of Philadelphia held a public rally in an effort to convince the Eagles to re-sign White in 1993. It was to no avail, as White signed with the Green Bay Packers.
Suffered from a disease known as sarcoidosis, which is disease of unknown origin characterized by the formation of granulomatous lesions that appear especially in the liver, lungs, skin, and lymph nodes. It is believed that this attributed to his death in December of 2004.
Won the Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers in 1997.
Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.
During the historic, 2005 winning streak by Canadian Football League's Edmonton Eskimos, the late Reggie White was named as one of the pro ball players it would have most wanted on their team.
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 570-572. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
Retired from the NFL after finishing out his career with the Carolina Panthers. [2001]

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