White prepares to enter College Football Hall of Fame

Updated: August 7, 2003, 2:05 AM ET

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Reggie White still confounds his old college coach.

Johnny Majors just can't understand how someone that big could be so quick and agile. He knows, though, that combination made for the most dominant defensive football player he ever saw.

"He's one of those people with God-given ability from every standpoint: size, quickness, speed, reaction, reflexes. He was just born with it," Majors said. "I remember seeing him squeeze through the door of my office at Tennessee and thinking to myself, 'I can't believe a man that tall and wide can move quicker than a cat.' I still can't believe it; but I saw it with my own eyes."

White, who set a Tennessee record with 32 career sacks as a defensive tackle, will be enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame this weekend. Joining him will be former Pitt quarterback Dan Marino, former Missouri tight end Kellen Winslow, former Southern California safety Ronnie Lott and 20 other former college greats.

The festivities begin Friday with a breakfast and golf tournament and continue Saturday with a news conference, flag football game and the enshrinement dinner, where White is scheduled to be the final speaker.

Despite all the records he's set and honors he's received as both a college and pro football player, being enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame is still a privilege, White said.

"When you think about all the men who have ever played college football, to be one of the few to be selected is an honor," said White, the NFL's all-time leader in sacks.

White said he was motivated to work hard in college because some thought his faith -- he was ordained as a minister at age 17 -- might prevent him from reaching his potential on the football field. He said that made him even more determined to succeed, earning the nickname of "Minister of Defense."

Majors said tailback Tony Dorsett, whom he coached at Pittsburgh, was the most dominant player for four years in college that he ever saw. But he said White's senior season on defense, when he had 15 sacks, was just as impressive as Dorsett's Heisman Trophy-winning season in 1976.

"They were both the best that played the game at the time they played it," Majors said. "Reggie White is as great a football player who has ever played the game at any one position. There has never been a greater football player in college football player that I've ever seen or ever coached. He had it all."

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