Packers will retire Reggie White’s number

By Alex Guzman  |   Wednesday, June 01, 2005  |  Comments( 0 )

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The Green Bay Packers have decided to retire Reggie White's number during halftime ceremonies of their home opener against the Cleveland Browns on September 18. He died December 26 at age 43 as a result of a respiratory ailment.

White joined the Packers in 1993 in one of the biggest free agent signings in sports history. His presence helped restore the luster to a once-proud franchise. White led a solid Packers defense that won a Super Bowl over the New England Patriots and barely lost to the Denver Broncos after the 1996 and 1997 regular seasons, respectively.

Team president Bob Harlan had told White before his death that the team would add his number 92 to the list in the north end zone at Lambeau Field. "He was thrilled. He kept saying what an honor that would be," stated Harlan. The Packers have retired numbers of 4 players: fullback Tony Canadeo (3), wide receiver Don Hutson (14), quarterback Bart Starr (15) and linebacker Ray Nitschke (66).

The NFL prefers teams honor players by retiring their jerseys, not their numbers. However, Harlan said White deserves a special honor.
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