Reggie tales's Todd Korth had an opportunity to meet with a few of Reggie White's ex-teammates prior to his induction into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame on Saturday night. While White's football accomplishments are second to none, his off-the-field stories are even more cherished by those who played with him.

Reggie White is regarded as one of the fiercest competitors ever to play defensive end in the National Football League. Yet, off the field he was as sincere and down-to-earth as anyone. He also used his sense of humor to keep things loose in the locker room, an aspect of White that many of his former teammates will always cherish.

As White's ex-Packers teammates gathered this weekend for his induction into the Packers Hall of Fame, they swapped Reggie stories with each other and the media.

Former center Frank Winters, who played six seasons with White, recalls a time when he walked into the Packers locker room for practice one day, only to see a teen-aged, mentally handicapped locker room attendant and White wrestling in the middle of the room.

Here is Winters' version of what he remembers that day:

"The one thing I remember when it comes to Reggie is his physical presence," Winters said. "He was a huge man. We have a guy downstairs, he still works with the Packers and his name is Andy. He's a special needs boy, but is a great kid and has worked here for a long time now. He is a huge fan of wrestling. Reggie was a wrestling fan, too, but I never knew he liked to watch it.

"I remember walking into the locker room one day, and Andy would always try to portray himself as "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, the wrestler. So I walk into the locker room, and not many people were in there, but Andy and Reggie were wrestling on the big G (on the floor in the middle of the locker room). I remember Andy pinning Reggie, counting to three and getting up, and Andy thought he won the WWF. Reggie just played along with it. I mean, I walked in there and I just kind of stood there and looked at them. Here's one of the greatest defensive ends ever to play the game of football, or one of the greatest players ever to play the game, and here's a kid who is probably 16 years old. He actually just thought he pinned Reggie White to win the WWF, and he loves it. He's going crazy. He was running around, high-fiving the guys in there. It was amazing, then he went back to folding towels and picking things up off the ground. It was something. These are kinds of things that people didn't see, you know?

Former tight end Keith Jackson, who played with White while the two were in Philadelphia and Green Bay, recalls how the two became the best of friends when they were with the Eagles:

"I told him that I don't know why everybody is bragging about him because he's not that good," Jackson said with a smile on his face. "He's not unblockable and I was making him real mad. He said (imitating Reggie's voice), ‘Well, you come block me.' I said, ‘I can.' So, everybody is looking at this deal and we were in one-on-one blocking (in practice). When the coach said, ‘Hut,' I just moved out of the way and he fell on his face. I go, ‘Are you crazy? Do you really think I can block you?' He just laughed. From that day forward, we had always been friends."

Both White and Jackson continued their friendship when Jackson signed with the Packers in the fall of 1995. Jackson was dead set on avoiding Green Bay, but White's persistent phone calls to him, plus Green Bay's 27-24 Monday Night Football victory over the Chicago Bears in Week 2 of that season made all the difference.

"He would call and say (in Reggie immitation), ‘Hey, K-Jack, don't you want to come to Green Bay? We gonna win a Super Bowl!'" Jackson recalled.

"I said, it's too cold, and then he said, ‘Forget you!' and he'd hang up on me.

"Every day he did that until I said, ‘OK, Reggie, I'm coming.' He did that every day. "I said, Reggie, I know we're great friends and everything, but you never call me this much. He'd say, ‘I just want to see how you're doing.'

"Reggie, Ron Wolf and Mike Holmgren convinced me that this is a great place to be and ultimately, sitting there watching that Chicago Bears game on a Monday night, and Robert Brooks catches like a 99-yard touchdown. I said, ‘That's a good team. These guys can win a Super Bowl.' I called Reggie and he said (in Reggie voice), ‘I've been telling you that!'"

Ex-Packers running back Edgar Bennett, the team's current running backs coach, simply flashed his patented grin recalling the rides to and from practice in White's SUV.

"I remember when we all used to pile into his SUV – LeRoy, Santana, Keith Jackson, all those guys, and he would just tell jokes, things like that," Bennett said. "Basically, verbal attacks on all of us. It was fun and wouldn't trade it for nothing in the world.

"We would pile a bunch of guys in and, if you can believe it, he would complain about paying for gas. We had a great time. Great memories."

Todd Korth

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