The world just hasn’t been the same since December 26th, 2004. While most of us were nursing our Christmas hangovers that day, NFL legend and overall nice guy Reggie White passed away. While we lost an icon that day, White’s impression on the league (and the world) left an eternal imprint that we shouldn’t forget.
So let this be a reminder to one of the best to ever play the game; an inspirational force who used football as a vessel of faith for millions everywhere.
The Minister Of Defense
They called Reggie White the best defensive end in NFL history. It’s a bold title, but a well-deserved one. In his 15 powerful years in the league, White dominated with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Green Bay Packers and the Carolina Panthers with such success, he was called the “Minister of Defense.”
Football As A Tool
The nickname doesn’t just refer to his physical ability, though. It’s true that on the field, White was a monster and the league’s all-time sack leader with 198. Off the field though, there was a whole other story. A lesser known story. To White, football wasn’t just a game. It was a tool to spread the faith. Something he was deeply passionate about.
Football: A Platform For Peace
According to Reggie White, he “believed, since I was a kid, that God was going to allow me to play professional football to use it as a platform to proclaim and to live out the name of Jesus.”
White took that belief seriously, and he used the NFL as a “platform” to share his faith with fans and players alike. However, that still wasn’t enough for him.