As a child, I remember one of my worst memories being the whole 'God telling Reggie White to leave the Philadelphia Eagles and sign with the Green Bay Packers' thing. I HATED Norman Braman after that.
Sure, I hope the former Eagles owner enjoying the latter stage of life (he's 91 years old now), but I still shed tears when I think of Reggie. He left us and joined that defensive meeting room in the sky one day after Christmas in 2004. Doggone it, as Brian Dawkins would say, he should have been an Eagle for life.
Recently, we were given a small piece of nostalgia.
ESPN's Reggie White documentary, The Minister of Defense, is must-see television, but who thought it wouldn't be?
As the Christmas season approaches, we're reminded by lights, beautiful trees, music, and of course, moves and food. I'd like to recommend an ESPN Plus feature, The Minister of Defense. This one features one of the all-time Eagles greats, an NFL legend.
Now, I realize, to the die-hard Eagles fan, that won't require I twist your arm. Check out the trailer.
I have checked it out. It was two of the best hours of my week. Give this one two thumbs up, five stars, and a !00%-rating on Rotten Tomatoes. This one touched all of the emotions.
As mentioned earlier, Reggie White didn't spend his entire career in Philly, and that still hurts. Before his eight-year run in the City of Brotherly Love (1985-1992), he spent two seasons with the USFL's Memphis Showboats (1984-1985). He closed his NFL run with tours of duty with the aforementioned Packers (1993-1998) and the Carolina Panthers (2000). Every time I saw him suit up for someone else, there was this sick feeling in my stomach
At the dawn of free agency, Braman refused to play its game. Reggie's first deal with the Green Bay Packers was one that paid him $17 million over four years which, alone, is crazy. Imagine what kind of coin he'd command now.
Reggie's Number 92 jersey was retired by BOTH the Philadelphia Eagles and the Green Bay Packers, a rare feat in itself. Here's a tip of the cap to one of the all-time greats.
Oh... And, go watch the film.