Reggie White, a fearsome defensive end for the Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles who was one of the great players in NFL history, died Sunday, his wife said. He was 43.
Reginald Howard White (December 19, 1961 – December 26, 2004) was an American professional football player who played defensive end in the National Football League (NFL) for 15 seasons during the 1980s and 1990s.
December 19, 1961 Chattanooga Tennessee. Died: December 26, 2004 (aged 43) North Carolina. Awards And Honors: Pro Football Hall of Fame (2006) Reggie White, byname of Reginald Howard White, (born December 19, 1961, Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.—died December 26, 2004, Huntersville, North Carolina), American professional gridiron football player who was one of the most dominant defensive linemen in the history of the sport.
Reggie White earned the nickname "The Minister of Defense" as a senior at Tennessee. The moniker surely had to do with something more than the fact that he became an ordained minister at the age of 17. That became instantly apparent when he began his pro football career.
Reggie’s Death Was Totally Unexpected. It happened without warning on the morning just after Christmas in 2004. Reggie appeared to be in excellent health, having dropped to about 25 pounds below his playing weight of 325 pounds. The only troubling issue was a persistent cough that had bothered him for some time.
Reggie White enjoyed a distinguished NFL career and was named in the NFL Hall of Fame after his death. White had recorded 198 sacks, a then NFL record. During his time in NFL, Reggie White featured in 12 Pro Bowls and had his jersey no.92 retired by both Green bay packers and Philadelphia Eagles.
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.
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Reggie White died on December 26, 2004, at age 43 from a cardiac arrhythmia, which many believe was partly caused by his untreated sleep apnea. The football legend’s CPAP machine was found at his bedside – unused. His legacy foundation continues to help those in need manage their own sleep apnea.
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