Reggie White - Dead at the age of 43 :(

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    Reggie White died this morning, at the age for 43. :(

    http://www.sportsline.com/nfl/story/8037369

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    HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Reggie White, a fearsome defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers who was one of the great players in NFL history, died Sunday, his wife said. He was 43.

    A cause of death was not immediately known.

    Today our beloved husband, father and friend passed away," White's wife, Sara, said in a statement through a family pastor. "His family appreciates your thoughts and prayers as we mourn the loss of Reggie White. We want to thank you in advance for honoring our privacy."

    A two-time NFL defensive player of the year and ordained minister who was known as the "Minister of Defense," White played a total of 15 years with Philadelphia, Green Bay and Carolina. He retired in 2000 as the NFL's all-time leader in sacks with 198. The mark has since been passed by Bruce Smith.

    Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie called White "one of the greatest men ever to play the game of football."

    "His legacy on and off the football field will never be forgotten," Lurie said in a statement.

    A member of the NFL's 75th anniversary team, White was elected to the Pro Bowl a record 13 straight times from 1986-98. He was the NFL's defensive player of the year in 1987 and 1998.

    "As great a player as Reggie was, he was a better person, and it isn't close," Detroit Lions CEO Matt Millen said. "Every life that Reggie touched is better for it. This is a very depressing day."

    After an All-American senior season at Tennessee, White began his pro career with the Memphis Showboats of the USFL in 1984, and joined the Philadelphia Eagles, who held his NFL rights, after the USFL folded in 1985.

    After eight years as an integral piece in Philadelphia's "Gang Green Defense," White signed as a free agent with Green Bay in 1993 for $17 million over four years, huge for that era. His signing, along with a trade for quarterback Brett Favre, brought a measure of respectability back to the franchise and he was the first major black player to sign with the Packers as a free agent.

    His decision to choose the Packers was a surprise. While visiting various teams, he suggested he would prefer a major city, where he could minister to black youth.

    "That's what changed the football fortunes of this franchise. It was huge," Packers president Bob Harlan said Sunday. "Everyone thought the last place he would sign was Green Bay and it was monumental because not only did he sign but he recruited for Green Bay and got guys like Sean Jones to come here. He sent a message to the rest of the NFL that Green Bay was a great place to play and before that this was a place people didn't want to come."

    He helped lead the Packers to consecutive Super Bowl appearances, including a win over New England in 1997, when he set a Super Bowl record with three sacks
     
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    he was amazing as a player, teammate, a man, a mentor, a minister and a advocate for change and hope. God bless him and his family. an unbearable loss for many in the NFL and in the communities he did so much for.
     
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    Another tough blow for this area. Reggie White graduated from Howard High School in Chattanooga, TN. He was a good man, who stood by his values through thick and thin.

    He remains as the only athlete, in my opinion, who's legacy off the field was much stronger than his legacy on the field.
     
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    Greatest Eagle that ever played ball, IMO. And there have been alot of great Eagles. I feel bad for his family. I hope they're ok especially during this time of year.
     
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    interesting take on his post- NFL years, i didn't know about White's search for truth


     
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    Ricky Williams----go hang your head in SHAME----THIS is a man who made decisions that were honorable !!!!
     
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    yea, i wish ricky the best, but man, reggie was a guy who knew about looking for truth, while keeping his word and owning up to his responsibilities at the same time.
     
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    Yeah, but only the good die young. Ricky will live for a long time to come.
     
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    Reggie did the same when he was a player too. In the locker room he commanded respect. He didnt demand it or ask for it. Guys gave it to him because of the respect he showed everyone else. He offered the word of god not shoved it down their throats. They either chose to listen or politely refuse. Either way Reggie would be a guiding light to many young players in the NFL. Thats why he was the Ministry of Defense.
     
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    another legacy of his..

     

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