Best pass rushers in Green Bay Packers history: 1. Reggie White
- Pro Football Hall of Fame (Class of 2006)
- Super Bowl Champion (XXXI)
- NFL 75th Anniversary Team
- 2x First-Team All-Pro w/Packers (1995, 1998)
- 6x Pro Bowl w/Packers (1993-98)
Reggie White was already a lock to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame after his first eight years in the NFL as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. Taken by Philadelphia in the 1984 NFL Supplemental Draft, all White did was amaze along the Eagles defensive line in the 1980s.
He made six straight All-Pro First Teams from 1986 to 1991 and seven consecutive trips to the Pro Bowl from 1986 to 1992. Despite winning NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1987 and being one of the most dominant players in NFL history, he made his way to Green Bay in 1993 free agency.
Yes, the Packers of all teams landed the first, and arguably the greatest, marquee free agent signing of the salary cap era. White played in Green Bay from 1993 to 1998, making the Pro Bowl each season. He was a First-Team All-Pro twice with Green Bay in 1995 and 1998. The latter year saw him be named NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
Overall, White led the Packers in sacks five of those six seasons in Green Bay. Four of those seasons had White with at least 10 sacks to his ledger. In 1997, he was an instrumental part of the Packers defense that helped Green Bay win Super Bowl XXXI over the New England Patriots. The Packers made it back to Super Bowl XXXII the following year, but fell to John Elway’s Denver Broncos.
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White retired from football after the 1998 NFL season, but came back for one last season with the Carolina Panthers in 2000.
Sadly, White passed away from cardiac arrhythmia the day after Christmas 2004. He was only 44 years old.
Two years later, White would be posthumously enshrined in Canton as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2006.
He made the NFL 75th Anniversary Team, the NFL 1980s All-Decade Team and the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team in his illustrious career.
At the time of his retirement in 2000, White was the NFL’s all-time leader in quarterback sacks with 198.0. Fellow Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Bruce Smith has since surpassed him.
68.5 of White’s career sacks came in his six years with the Packers. This means he averaged over 11 sacks a season during his time with Green Bay. And he was in his 30s when this happened. Incredible!
White might have only spent six years with the Packers, but he was so utterly dominant with them that some millennials might have even forgot he even played for the Eagles. Regardless, he is the best player in Eagles franchise history and on the Packers’ Mount Rushmore.