Packers HOF to honor White

Late defensive end to be honored at July ceremony

Former Packers defensive end Reggie White will be inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame at the 36th Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on July 22 in the Lambeau Field Atrium.

White, who died on Dec. 26, 2004, is the most honored athlete ever to play defensive end in the NFL and was a key player for the Packers' 1996 team that won Super Bowl XXXI. White also is on the ballot to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year. The inductees will be announced a day before Sunday's Super Bowl in Detroit.

Former Packers running back and current running backs coach Edgar Bennett, and former quarterback Don Majkowski were inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame last year.

White played for the Packers from 1993-98. The team retired his No. 92 during the 2005 home opener, Sept. 18, against Cleveland.

White signed a $17 million contract as a free agent with the Packers in 1993, then proceeded to elevate the defense. When White came to Green Bay, other high-profile free agents followed and the Packers went on to win Super Bowl XXXI after the 1996 season in New Orleans. After finishing 23rd in the league in 1992, the unit rose to No. 2 in 1993. The defense ranked No. 1 during the 1996 championship season, the first such ranking since 1967.

White finished his Packers' career with 68½ sacks and made the Pro Bowl each year, capping off his Green Bay tenure as the 1998 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

White ranks second all-time in NFL history with 198 career sacks. Additionally, he was elected to the NFL's 75th anniversary all-time team and is the only member of Pro Football Weekly's all-decade team for both the 1980s and 1990s.

In addition to White's induction, the Hall of Fame will formally induct this year's FAN honoree, Kathy Lazzaro.

Tickets for the banquet, which begins with cocktails at 4:30 p.m., with dinner and program to follow at 7 p.m., are $110 each. Tables of 10 also are available and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Early reservations are recommended. To purchase tickets, call Gwen Borga at (920) 965-6984, or e-mail her at gborga@packerhalloffame.org.

Originally established in 1967 as a temporary display in the concourse of the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena, the Hall moved into its own facility in 1976 near Lambeau Field. In 2003, it was relocated to a spectacular new, 25,000-square foot facility in the Lambeau Field Atrium. The Hall of Fame is open on non-game days from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hours may vary on game days and holidays. For more information, contact the Hall of Fame at (920) 569-7512.


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