11. Signing Reggie White
“One of the all-time great steals in free agency, and the best player I played with or against,” said quarterback Brett Favre looking back on it.
On April 6, 1993, the Green Bay Packers made a splash in the NFL by signing defensive end Reggie White. It was originally thought that White and his agent were using the Packers to persuade another team to offer him that amount of money. No other team did and the Packers ended up with a phenomenal talent and character for $17 million.
White played in Green Bay from 1993-98, and was apart of their Super Bowl Championship in the 1996 season. He accumulated 239 tackles, which included 68.5 sacks, with 14 forced fumbles.
White was known as “The Minister of Defense” and made such an impact on the culture of Green Bay that he had his #92 jersey retired, while only playing six seasons for the Packers.
He was the missing piece the Packers needed to solidify the franchise as a Super Bowl contender, and helped turn around the championship pedigree that was instilled in the Green Bay Packers and their fans.
The Minister of Defense will forever go down as a Packers legend, highlighted by his character and leadership.