The Packers sign defensive end Reggie White in free agency. Six months later at Lambeau Field, White sacks Denver QB John Elway on back-to-back plays late in the fourth quarter to preserve a three-point win, and the home fans chant “Reggie, Reggie, Reggie.”
The signing of White as the top free agent in the league when free agency began shocked the NFL world. It helped change the perception about playing in Green Bay, and White would go on to post 68 ½ sacks in six seasons with the Packers, making the Pro Bowl every year and winning the league’s Defensive Player of the Year award in 1998 with 16 sacks.
An ordained preacher, “The Minister of Defense” finished his 15-year career, which included eight years in Philadelphia and one in Carolina sandwiched around his tenure in Green Bay, with 198 sacks, an all-time record since surpassed only by Bruce Smith (200).
The Packers would ultimately retire White’s No. 92, but not until nine months after his sudden and unexpected passing at the age of 43 in 2005. He was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame the following year.