#TBT Sports Blog: MLB HOF Pitcher Randy Johnson

Today’s #TBT sports blog looks back at Major League Baseball’s Big Unit. At 6’10” and 230 lbs. MLB Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson personified the Big Unit name given him during his rookie season in Montreal. When astonished teammate … Continue reading

#TBT Sports Blog: The Temple Owl Without a Vowel

This Temple University Owl may have been missing vowels in his unusual last name. But, it gave birth to one of the most inventive nicknames in college basketball history. Lacking vowels aside, there was no question that whenever Bill Mlkvy … Continue reading

#TBT Sports Blog: NBA Legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar

Today’s #TBT sports blog focuses on the NBA’s greatest scorer of all time who never needed all three of his names to be identified. Kareem Abdul Jabbar was simply known as Kareem. In addition to requiring only one name to … Continue reading

#TBT Sports Blog: Retired NBA Guard Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues

Today’s #TBT sports blogs looks back on a tremendously undersized point guard who enjoyed a brilliant NBA career. Celebrating his 50th birthday this week, this tiny playmaker made a huge difference every time he set foot on the basketball court. … Continue reading

#TBT Sports Blog: Chicago Bears’ Sweetness Walter Payton

Today’s #TBT sports blog remembers an immensely talented and super tough Hall of Fame running back simply known as Sweetness. Ironically, the adjective “sweet” should probably never apply when talking football. Except, that is, when referring to Chicago Bears great … Continue reading

#TBT Sports Blog: Jesse Owens 4X Olympic Champion

Before MLB’s Jackie Robinson, the NFL’s Jim Brown, the NBA’s Wilt Chamberlain or boxing’s Joe Louis, track star Jesse Owens was regarded as the USA’s first ever African American sports icon. In today’s #TBT sports blog, let’s remember this extraordinary … Continue reading

#TBT Sports Blog: NFL Minister of Defense Reggie White

NFL Hall of Famer Reggie White

Minister of Defense Reggie White

Today’s #TBT Sports Blog features one of my favorite NFL players ever because of his incredible career and unforgettable nickname.

During his 15-year career, the imposing defensive lineman known as the Minister of Defense delivered his football version of a fire and brimstone sermon by the way he dominated opposing offenses.

He’s also #5 in my sports comic book Spiritual Sports Favorites.

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An ordained Evangelical pastor, Reggie White embodied his befitting Minister of Defense nickname. Whenever he set foot on the football field, he constantly administered defensive pressure; and when away from the gridiron, he tirelessly catered to the needs of inner-city youth and those less fortunate through his work as a Christian minister.

NFL.com rated White as the #7 NFL player of all-time, and his storied career validates the lofty choice.

White graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1984 after being named SEC Player of the Year during his senior season. The Minister of Defense then played two years in the now defunct USFL with the Memphis Showboats, earning the 1985 USFL Man of the Year Award.

After the USFL folded, White proceeded to the NFL and starred for the Philadelphia Eagles (1985 – 1992) and Green Bay Packers (1993 – 1998) before retiring in 2000 after his final season with the Carolina Panthers.

During his NFL career, this Minister of Defense played as if his bully pulpit was his unstoppable bull rush into the offensive backfield. Plus, he reaped an earthly award by winning a 1997 Super Bowl XXXL title with the Green Bay Packers.

The Minister of Defense proved why he personified his respected title. He was awarded the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in both 1987 and 1998 and was named 1st team All-Pro 10 times.

White ended his career as the NFL’s all-time sack leader with 198, a record subsequently broken by Bruce Smith of the Buffalo Bills. White also became a first ballot NFL Hall of Fame inductee in 2006.

Sadly, the Minister of Defense answered to a heavenly calling when he passed away prematurely from a respiratory disease in 2004.

Reggie White is best memorialized by former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, “Reggie White was a gentle warrior who will be remembered as one of the greatest defensive players in NFL history.

Equally as impressive as his achievements on the field was the positive impact he made off the field and the way he served as a positive influence on so many young people.”

And all football fans say, “Amen.”

MIKE – thee ultimate talking head on sports!

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#TBT Sports Blog: William “The Refrigerator” Perry

Today’s #TBT sports blog focuses on my favorite football “appliance” of all-time who once uttered this clever phrase, “Even when I was little, I was big.” These words were spoken by the likeable, extra-large William The Refrigerator Perry, one of … Continue reading