It took Reggie White all of one game to become an Eagles legend.
The day was Sept. 29, 1985, when White made his highly anticipated debut. In his first game since defecting from the USFL, White registered 2 1/2 sacks of Giants quarterback Phil Simms and deflected a pass that Eagles defensive back Herm Edwards returned for a touchdown.
Chants of Reg-gie, Reg-gie rocked Veterans Stadium for the first time.
White played eight seasons for the Eagles and 15 in the NFL overall before retiring after the 2000 season as the league's all-time sack leader with 198.
White, who died Dec. 26, 2004 at age 43, will posthumously join the fourth class to be enshrined in the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame at today's induction at the Penn's Landing Hyatt Regency. Sara White, Reggie's widow, is expected to attend in his honor.
Also inducted will be Bill Barber, Greasy Neale, Earl Monroe, Theresa Grentz, Beth Anders, Walter Bahr, Mickey Cochrane, Chuck Klein, Harry Litwack, Bucko Kilroy and the 1980 Phillies - as well as broadcaster Jack Whitaker and former Inquirer sports writer Bill Lyon.
Cocktail reception is at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and ceremonies to follow. Former Sixers GM Pat Williams will again be the master of ceremonies. For ticket information, call 215-886-6657, extension 1. *
- Ed Barkowitz