Items from the collection of the late Hall of Famer Reggie White have been consigned to the Super Bowl LIII Live Auction in Atlanta next month.
White’s family has consigned numerous pieces to the auction of 500 lots that will go on the block at the Georgia World Congress Center. Among them is a game-worn jersey from early in his pro career when he played for the USFL’s Memphis Showboats, another jersey from his franchise-altering career with the Green Bay Packers, a game-worn Philadelphia Eagles helmet, his NFL Defensive Player of the Year and Byron “Whizzer” White awards and the first contract he signed with the Eagles in 1986.
One of the greatest defensive players in the history of the game, White’s dominance was on display from the mid-1980s to the late 1990s. He was named 1st Team All-Pro ten time and is a member of the NFL’s 75th Anniversary Team and the NFL’s Teams of the Decade for both the 1980s and 90s. He was a member of the Packers’ Super Bowl XXXI and XXXII teams. White died suddenly at age 43 on December 26, 2004, just four years after his final NFL game.
“It is very humbling to have watched our relationship with NFL Auction at the annual Super Bowl Live Auction event evolve into the premier football related auction venue in the country,” said David Hunt, President of Hunt Auctions. “There could be no greater player to be featured within this year’s auction event than the Minister of Defense, Reggie White. Reggie’s legacy of achievement on the field is only equaled by the manner in which he helped others off the field through his ministry and charitable endeavors. This grouping of materials represents the most significant of its type to have been offered at public auction and appropriately will benefit worthy NFL Auction related charities.”
“Along with my family, I am very pleased to be able to share some of Reggie’s memorabilia with the many fans who supported him during his football career,” remarked White’s widow, Sara. “Reggie’s larger than life personality served him very well both on and off the field. His commitment to excellence was unwavering and we were all blessed to witness his God-given talent for the game of football. There could be no more fitting venue to offer Reggie’s collection than the game’s biggest stage at the Super Bowl and we hope that his fans will enjoy this special offering. Appropriate to Reggie’s legacy or helping others, we are also very happy that a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Pat Tillman Foundation and Wounded Warriors charities.”
The annual Super Bowl Live Auction takes place on Saturday, February 2, the day before the game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. We’ll have a full preview on the auction later this month.