With a crowd of more than 600 Howard students, friends and family cheering every word, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate honored the late Reggie White this morning.
Presenting a bronze plaque to the school to honor the NFL’s all-time sacks leader, White’s widow, Sara, implored the students to “follow your dreams regardless of how many people tell you you can’t reach them.”
White, an ordained minister, starred at Howard before going to the University of Tennessee where he was known as the “Minister of Defense.” He then went on to star in the NFL with both the Philadelphia Eagles and with the Green Bay Packers, where he led them to Super Bowl.
He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006, two years after his death.
Mark Wiedmer started work at the Chattanooga News-Free Press on Valentine’s Day of 1983. At the time, he had to get an advance from his boss to buy a Valentine gift for his wife. Mark was hired as a graphic artist but quickly moved to sports, where he oversaw prep football for a time, won the “Pick’ em” box in 1985 and took over the UTC basketball beat the following year. By 1990, he was ...