CHATTAONOGA (WRCB) -- Local football legend Reggie White will be celebrated next week as part of a national program honoring the hometown roots of some of the game's greatest players
"Hometown Hall of Famers" will hold an event Monday, May 13, at 10 a.m. ET at Howard School of Academics & Technology, which is the late White's alma mater. White's wife, Sara, and father, Charles, will be involved in a ceremony in the auditorium, where the plaque will be displayed permanently as an inspiration to the school's students and athletes.
White graduated from Howard and starred in college at the University of Tennessee. He played two seasons in the United States Football League before being selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1985 Supplemental Draft.
He won NFL Rookie of the Year honors that fall, sparking a dominant 15-year, three-team NFL career that included 123 sacks, three NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors, 13 Pro Bowl selections and ten All-Pro nominations.
He helped lead the Green Bay Packers to a win in Super Bowl XXXI before retiring in 1998. He returned in 2000 to play one final season for the Carolina Panthers. His number 92 has been retired by the University of Tennessee, Green Bay and Philadelphia.
White passed away in December 2004 at the age of 43 and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006. The field at Howard's Red Gaston Stadium is named in White's honor.
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