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Reggie White by the Numbers

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Reggie White by the Numbers

Reggie White died of cardiac arrhythmia in 2004 at the age of 43. On the day that would have been the NFL star’s 50th birthday, we offer a few numbers that sum up his great career.

1: Reggie White was the 1st player in NFL history to have his number officially retired by multiple teams (Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles).

2: White was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year twice, in 1987 and 1998.

3: Three times – in 1994, 1996 and 1997 – White was a Second-Team All-Pro selection.

4: Reggie White was elected to the Professional Football Hall of Fame on February 4, 2006 – just a little over a year after his death.

5: White's fame spanned five teams, starting with his college team, the Tennessee Volunteers, and professionally with the Memphis Showboats, Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers.

6: As a defensive end, White was a big man, standing 6’5” and weighing 300 pounds.

7: NFL.com named Reggie White the #7 NFL player of all time, after Jerry Rice, Jim Brown, Lawrence Taylor, Joe Montana, Walter Payton, and Johnny Unitas.

8: White began his NFL career with eight seasons playing for the Eagles. He went on to six seasons with the Packers and a single year with the Panthers.

9: With nine consecutive seasons in which he made at least ten sacks, White set an NFL record that still stands.

10: White was a First-Team All-Pro selection ten times: in 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, and 1998.

1,886: The number of messages to date in Reggie White's online condolence book.

Written by Linnea Crowther