Packers: Top 3 free-agent signings in franchise history
By Dillon Graff
1. Reggie White
A man that needs no introduction, Reggie White was without a doubt the most impactful signing in the storied history of the Green Bay Packers, and arguably NFL history.
This signing single-handedly rerouted the course of the franchise, leaving a lasting effect that is still felt today. The Packers had only five winning seasons from 1968 (When Lombardi retired) to 1992 (when White signed). That’s 24 years of mediocrity before the “The Minister of Defense” signed and changed the culture of the team entirely. Winning became an expectation in Green Bay, something that hasn’t changed since.
What happened on the field was the stuff of legends. Reggie White played six seasons in Green Bay, and was named to the Pro Bowl in all six of them. None more important than 1996 when he helped lead the Packers to Super Bowl XXXI against the Patriots. The Packers would go on to win 35-21 behind three late-game sacks from the Minister himself. White and the Packers would go on to make another Super Bowl appearance the next season before falling to the Broncos.
White was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1998 and would finish his storied NFL career with 198 sacks (second all-time), 66.5 of them with the Packers, and go on to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.
Reggie White is the best free-agent signing in Packers history, hands down. He helped revitalize a once proud franchise, and leave behind a winning tradition still felt today. Packer fans will forever be grateful for the Minister of Defense, and his 92 will never been worn again in Green Bay.