Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Reggie "Minister of Defense" White

Reggie "Minister of Defense" White


  • Position: Defensive Tackle
  • School: Tennessee
  • High School: Chattanooga, TN (Howard HS)
  • Years: 1980-1983
  • Inducted: 2002
  • Place of Birth: Chattanooga, TN
  • Date of Birth: Dec 19, 1961
  • Place of Death: Cornelius, NC
  • Date of Death: Dec 26, 2004
  • Jersey Number: 92
  • Height: 6-5
  • Weight: 290

Member Biography

As an ordained Baptist Minister, Reggie White was appropriately called the "Minister Of Defense." When White played his opponents prayed. One writer called him a "moving nightmare." He was certainly a quarterback's worst dream as he was a consistent presence in the opposition backfield. He became the Volunteer record holder in sacks in a game (4), season (15), and career (32). He also accumulated 201 unassisted tackles, 92 assists and four fumble recoveries while a Vol. In his sophomore season, White was named as the Coach Johnny Major's most improved player. As a senior, he won all-conference, Unanimous All-America, and SEC Defensive MVP honors as well as being a finalist for the Lombardi Award. At the conclusion of his career he was named to the all-time Tennessee team and the SEC team of the 1980's. After college White signed with the Memphis Showboats of the USFL where he played for two seasons before joining Philadelphia in the NFL. In a 13-season career with the Eagles and Packers, he was NFL Rookie of the Year, an 11-time Pro Bowl performer, and a member of a Super Bowl winning team. Aside from his ministerial duties, White is active in many charitable causes.