White, who passed away 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.
Tickets for the Packers Hall of Fame banquet in the Lambeau Field Atrium are currently on sale. Tickets for Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony will go on sale on April 5 at 11 a.m. (ET). They may be purchased online by visiting the Hall's website at Profootballhof.com or by calling (800) 913-9788.
There is a limit of 10 tickets per household. The enshrinement tickets are for 2006 only and non-renewable in future years. All tickets are non-refundable and will be mailed on June 30.
Along with White, the star defensive end who led the Packers to consecutive Super Bowls in the mid-1990s, the enshrinement ceremony also includes Troy Aikman, Harry Carson, John Madden, Warren Moon, and Rayfield Wright. It is scheduled for Saturday, August 5, 2006 at 1 p.m. ET. The induction takes place in Fawcett Stadium which is located across the street from the Hall of Fame.
Packers Hall of Fame induction ceremony
Former Packers tight end Keith Jackson will present the late Reggie White for induction at the 2006 Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Induction Banquet July 22 in the Lambeau Field Atrium.
Jackson, who enjoyed a 9-year NFL career with the Eagles (1988-91), Dolphins (1992-94) and Packers (1995-96), was a key member of the Packers' 1996 Super Bowl championship team, that season leading the club with 10 touchdown receptions. Before teaming with White with the Packers, Jackson became a close friend of the great defensive player while both played for the Eagles (1988-91).
Since retiring after the 1996 season, Jackson has devoted much of his time to his non-profit organization, P.A.R.K. (Positive Atmosphere Reaches Kids), located in Little Rock, Ark. The organization serves at-risk junior and senior high school students by providing after-school tutoring, recreation, summer programs and community service. He also has worked as a broadcaster.
In honor of the huge impact "The Minister of Defense" had during his 6-year Packers career (1993-98), the Packers retired White's No. 92 at the 2005 home opener, Sept. 18, vs. Cleveland.
White joined the Packers as the NFL's most sought-after free agent in 1993 and immediately elevated the performance of the Green and Gold's defense. 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 went on to finish 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.
In NFL annals, White ranks second all-time 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.
Former Packers center Larry McCarren, game analyst on the Packers Radio Network and sports director at WFRV-TV CBS 5 in Green Bay, will be emcee of the banquet. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hall of Fame game
The Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles will play in the 2006 AFC-NFC Hall of Fame Game as announced by the National Football League earlier today. Ticket availability will not be known until all renewal orders from annual ticket holders are completed. A very limited number of tickets are expected to be available for public sale. Information on ticket availability will be announced soon and posted on the Hall of Fame's website (Profootballhof.com).
The 2006 Hall of Fame Game will be televised nationally by NBC with kickoff from Fawcett Stadium slated for 8 p.m. ET.