12. Reggie White

Nola McConnan + Tim Cortes

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Watercolor Painting

Nola McConnan + Tim Cortes

In 2013 the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Museum celebrated its 50th anniversary by adding a new addition adjacent to the original building. The new section of the Hall of Fame was joined to the existing section by means of a passageway called the Time Tunnel. The Hall of Fame decided to decorate the...

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In 2013 the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Museum celebrated its 50th anniversary by adding a new addition adjacent to the original building. The new section of the Hall of Fame was joined to the existing section by means of a passageway called the Time Tunnel. The Hall of Fame decided to decorate the passageway by showing life-size portraits of The 15 Greatest NFL Players of All Time. The Hall of Fame hired Scott Sillcox of Heritage Sports Art to create the player images. This framed piece contains the three actual original pieces of art that were used to create the life-size image of Player #12 in the timeline – Reggie White. To the viewer’s left is the actual original watercolor painting of White’s uniformed body. The original artwork in the center-top-left is the actual original painting of White’s head, while the original artwork in the center-top-right depicts White’s arms. The image to the viewer’s right is the final art that was electronically created using the three original pieces of art, and it is this compiled image that has been enlarged to life-size and can be found in the Time Tunnel at the Hall of Fame.

The outer dimensions of this framed piece, as measured from the outside of the frame to the outside of the frame, are 35" wide x 32" tall.

Reggie White earned the nickname "The Minister of Defense" as a senior at Tennessee. The moniker surely had to do with something more than the fact that he became an ordained minister at the age of 17. That became instantly apparent when he began his pro football career.

White, who spent two seasons in the ill-fated United States Football League, made a memorable debut in the National Football League with the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4 of the 1985 season. He collected 2.5 sacks, and deflected a pass that was intercepted and returned for touchdown. Despite the fact he played in only 13 games that season, White tied for the team lead with 13 sacks and was named the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year. The following season, White picked up 18 more sacks to earn his first of an astounding 13 straight Pro Bowl trips.

In 1987, White recorded one of the finest seasons ever posted by a defensive lineman. In the season debut against the Washington Redskins, he sacked quarterback Doug Williams, stripped the ball, and then picked it up and raced 70 yards for the first of his two career touchdowns. In just 12 games during the strike-shortened season White amassed 21 sacks to earn his first of two consecutive league sack titles.

In 1993, after recording 124 sacks in 121 games over eight seasons in Philadelphia, White became the first big name free agent to switch teams. He joined the Green Bay Packers and instantly helped turn the fortunes of the once-proud franchise.

The team steadily improved and, in 1996, returned to glory with White leading the NFL's topped ranked defense to playoff and Super Bowl victories. In Super Bowl XXXI he recorded a record three sacks.

Reggie played two more years in Green Bay. During that period he added 27 more sacks to his repertoire. After a one-year "retirement", White returned for a final season with the Carolina Panthers in 2000.

White retired as the NFL's all-time sack leader with 198. He was named to the NFL's All-Decade Teams of the 1980 and 1990s, the 75th Anniversary Team, and was voted first-team All-Pro 10 times in his 15-year career.

REGINALD HOWARD WHITE ... UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE ... 6'5'', 291 ... SELECTED FOURTH OVERALL IN 1984 NFL SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT ... RECORDED MORE SACKS (124) THAN GAMES PLAYED (121) IN EIGHT SEASONS WITH EAGLES ... BECAME PACKERS’ ALL-TIME SACK LEADER WITH 68.5 ... RECORDED 12 SEASONS WITH 10-PLUS SACKS ... NFL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR IN 1987, 1991, 1998 ... ELECTED TO 13 STRAIGHT PRO BOWLS ... NAMED ALL-PRO 13 OF 15 SEASONS INCLUDING 10 AS FIRST-TEAM SELECTION ... BORN DECEMBER 19, 1961 IN CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE ... DIED DECEMBER 26, 2004 AT AGE OF 43.

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