Reginald Howard "Reggie" White was born December 19, 1961. He would've been 53 this year White died in 2004 due to a fatal cardiac arrhythmia.

White's accomplishments in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers include two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, 13-time Pro Bowl and 12-time All-Pro selection. The defensive lineman also holds second place all-time among career sack leaders with 198.5 (behind Bruce Smith's 200). White had three sacks to help the Packers beat New England in Super Bowl XXXI. What a freak that guy was on the field. Let's sit back and enjoy some of his best career highlights:

Other notable Dec. 19 birthdays include Bobby Layne (1926), Al Kaline (1934), Kevin McHale (1957), Warren Sapp (1972), Jake Plummer (1974), Maurice "Mo" Williams (1982), Ian Kennedy (1984) and Alexis Sánchez (1987).

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For all of the nostalgia surrounding locker-room speeches in sports, Howard Schnellenberger's words before the 1991 Fiesta Bowl rank among the more underrated.

That season, Schnellenger had led the Louisville Cardinals to an impressive 9-1-1 record as a college football independent. Their record, combined with a No. 18 ranking in the Associated Press poll, was good enough to secure a Fiesta Bowl berth and a matchup with powerhouse Alabama.

Although Alabama was past its glory days and had started the season with three straight losses, it had come into the Fiesta Bowl on a hot streak. Moreover, the Crimson Tide were more respected than Louisville, which was viewed nationally as more of a basketball school.

Despite its success that season, the Cardinals football team was not favored by the viewing public. A team that hadn't won a bowl game since 1957 -- hadn't even appeared in a bowl since 1977 -- wasn't going to get the benefit of the doubt.

In the locker room before the game, Schnellenberger played up that narrative.

Louisville's roster was a cast of misfits -- the recruits big schools like Alabama didn't want. They were, according to Schnellenberger, "givers."

The Crimson Tide? They were tough and impressive, highly-recruited, according to The Los Angeles Times. A team of "takers."

Louisville responded to its coach's jabs, and it didn't waste any time in doing so. Lifted by two touchdown passes by Browning Nagle and a blocked punt recovered by Ray Buchanan for a touchdown, the Cardinals stormed out to a 25-0 lead by the end of the first quarter.

Things didn't get any better for Alabama after that. The Crimson Tide could only muster one touchdown the rest of the way. On the other side of the ball, Nagle pitched in a third touchdown pass. The Cardinals capped off the game's scoring by harassing Alabama into a safety.

For Schnellenberger, who pressed his team the entire week to take a stance of arrogance against Alabama -- essentially refusing to accept its reputation -- the victory was a landmark. It proved to be the greatest achievement in Schnellenberger's era with the Cardinals.

The legendary coach had left Miami after leading the Hurricanes to the national championship with an 11-1 record and an Orange Bowl victory in 1983.

At Louisville, he started from scratch. It took him six seasons to reach a bowl game. But when it happened, it was as sweet as could be.

"We had to come so far and it took so long and it was so hard," Schnellenberger said after the game. "It was super. I'm proud of them."

For Alabama, meanwhile, it was an embarrassing moment -- the second-worst bowl loss in program history at the time. The Crimson Tide might have been motivated by the experience, as it went 11-1 and 13-0 the next two seasons.

The Cardinals went in the opposite direction, dropping to 2-9 the next season. Although Schnellenberger once again rebuilt the Cardinals into a competitive team, winning the Liberty Bowl in 1993 to go 9-3, he left Louisville after the 1994 season when the school joined Conference USA -- a move he felt immediately moved the Cardinals out of competition for a national championship.

"I didn't leave because of money," Schnellenberger said in 2012. "I wasn't looking to go anywhere until that president (Dr. Donald Swain) pulled that baloney and put us in that conference that I didn't want to be in. I wasn't going to coach in a conference where I didn't have a chance to compete for the national championship."

Louisville went on to have several great runs in the 2000s under the leadership of first Bobby Petrino and later Charlie Strong. But there's no question that the foundation of football excellence continued at Louisville began with Howard Schnellenberger.

WrestleMania III set the record for the largest attendance at a live indoor sporting event in North America. Held at the Pontiac Silverdome on March 29, 1987, this edition of WrestleMania drew 93,173 fans. The card had 12 matches that featured all-time greats such as Randy Savage, Ricky Steamboat, Roddy Piper, Bret Hart, Harley Race, Rick Martel and the Iron Sheik. The main event was the colossal clash between Andre The Giant and Hulk Hogan. 30 Years Of WrestleMania takes a closer look at how this historic night for the WWE was devised and developed.

Preparing For A Quantum Leap

In preliminary discussions for the third WrestleMania, Vince McMahon was adamant that WWE make the event a bigger, more grandiose production than WrestleMania 2. Given the success of the previous two events, for WWE the question was, "How do we make WrestleMania better?" The first step was returning WrestleMania to one location. Marketing was also key. During an early meeting to brainstorm taglines, the WWE team threw around different possible catchphrases until someone said, "This one's going to be bigger, it's going to be better, and it's going to be badder." Vince McMahon jumped from his chair and said, "Stop right there." He began to draw it in the air with his hand, "WrestleMania III: Bigger, Better, Badder."

The "Better" and "Badder" aspects were an accepted mission statement in a company that hosted live events 52 weeks a year. The "Bigger” component required additional work. WrestleMania sold out Madison Square Garden. WrestleMania 2 emanated from three locations and drew over 40,000 fans, along with hundreds of thousands more via closed-circuit. What could WWE do to make WrestleMania III "Bigger?"

WWE wanted WrestleMania III to be as close to the east coast as possible. While WWE was a national company by then, their strongest fan base was in the eastern half of the United States. The Pontiac Silverdome was quickly selected as first choice. Ed Cohen remembers, "The phone rang at two in the morning. I was asleep, so my answering machine picked up. Vince started talking fast, saying, ‘Wake up! Ed, wake up!' I got on a plane to Michigan that morning with a check for $50,000 in my hand to hold the date for the Silverdome."

Selling 60,000 seats would have produced the largest crowd in WWE history, but the Silverdome could hold more than 90,000 spectators. To fill its seats, WWE needed the best talent combined with a breakthrough promotional campaign.

The Pontiac Silverdome could be configured for various seating arrangements. When asked which configuration he wanted to use, Vince McMahon replied, "The whole way, we are going to break the all-time indoor attendance record. It’s going to be over 90,000 people."

Hulk Hogan added, "Haven't you heard who’s in the main event, brother?"

The Blueprint For History

WrestleMania III rested on the public's connection with Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant. Crossing into 1987, Hogan became a household name and the industry’s most recognizable ambassador.

Throughout his career, Andre the Giant was the greatest attraction the industry had ever known. But heading into the mid-1980s, Andre’s body started to suffer the rigors of the business. He felt it was time to wind down his in-ring career. For WrestleMania III to fulfill its mission, Andre would have to agree to participate. Vince McMahon remembers, “Right after WrestleMania 2, I flew to England to visit Andre. He was filming The Princess Bride. He was suffering from excruciating back pain and needed surgery. Originally, he wasn't going to have the surgery but I convinced him to have it and be a part of this one last thing. I told him, 'You and Hogan will draw the biggest crowd ever for an event like this.' And he agreed."

To account for Andre’s post-surgery absence, WWE issued a statement saying that he had been suspended for not fulfilling certain contractual obligations. Very few people knew at the time that Andre was recovering at the McMahon family home in Greenwich, Connecticut.

The buildup to WrestleMania III’s main event started on the January 17, 1987, episode of Piper's Pit. Hogan and Andre received awards from then-WWE President Jack Tunney. Andre took the first step toward the historic encounter by leaving in the midst of Hogan’s acceptance speech. Roddy Piper remembers, "The Andre and Hogan segments were done in the Pit because WWE needed the three biggest properties -- Andre, Hogan, and Piper -- together to get the storyline over with the fans. I needed the crowd to focus because this was serious."

Over the next two weeks, WWE personalities who had credibility with the audience as "knowing" Andre speculated on his uncharacteristic behavior. On February 7, the Piper’s Pit audience gasped when Andre appeared with Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. Staring at Hulk Hogan, Andre challenged the Hulkster to a match at WrestleMania III. To dramatize Andre's transformation to a life of evil, he tore off Hogan's shirt and cross, and blood ran down the WWE Champion's chest. The segment ended with Piper consoling Hogan in one of sports-entertainment television's most memorable moments.

Turning Andre into a villain created the ultimate showdown and maximized WrestleMania III's drawing power.

It took Hulk and Andre a long time to reach a point of mutual friendship and respect. Hulk Hogan recalls, "I'd be on the way to the building, knowing I had to wrestle [Andre], and I was so scared that I would pull the car over and vomit." However, Andre gained respect for Hogan in Japan. Hogan faced a tough situation with a wrestler named Tatsumi Fujinami who would have seriously injured Hogan if he could. When the Hulkster claimed the victory despite the challenging circumstances, Andre saw the skill Hogan displayed in the ring. Hogan said of his relationship with Andre, “I think, after that night, things changed."

Irresistible Force meets Immovable Object

Despite the collaboration the main event required from Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant, there was uncertainty up until the last minute. It was crucial that Andre allow two things: the bodyslam and the ultimate defeat. Vince McMahon reflects, "It's funny because Hogan was scared to death. Hogan had been in the ring with [Andre] before, but not like this. Andre had this habit with anyone of consequence as far as size was concerned; he had to show them who was boss. [Hogan] wasn’t too sure if the result would come out like he thought it would. I knew what Andre was going to do; Hogan knew what Andre could do. Big difference."

Hulk Hogan entered the Silverdome to the deafening roar of his Hulkamaniacs. The Hulkster and Andre the Giant traded displays of power and dominance, each move eliciting outcries from the record crowd. Then Hulk Hogan performed the unimaginable. He slammed "The Eighth Wonder of the World" and pinned him with his famous Leg Drop. In the act of defeat, Andre the Giant showed his love for the business that made him an icon. McMahon recalls, “That was the highest moment that Andre would ever have in the business. He was so proud of that. Even in his later days, when he could hardly move in the ring, he lived off of that, and he should have."

WrestleMania III sold more tickets than the Super Bowl, and WWE was now the undisputed owner of the indoor attendance record. As the show came to a close, WWE, Hulk Hogan, and Andre the Giant crossed the threshold of entertainment immortality together.

-- Excerpted by permission from 30 Years Of WrestleMania by Brian Shields and Dean Miller. Copyright (c) 2014 by WWE and DK/BradyGames, a division of Penguin Group (USA). Published by DK BradyGames. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. Available for purchase from the publisher, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iTunes. Follow Brian Shields on Twitter @ItsBrianShields.

It's the most valuable -- and arguably the most famous -- trading card in sports history.

The Honus Wagner T206 tobacco trading card from 1909 has commanded prices at auction that other trading cards haven't come close to matching.

But as a Forbes column points out, buyers and sellers are trading much more than the card itself. Based on past experiences, one could argue that the card carries the ability to influence the fates of those holding it.

That fate changed hands once again this weekend, when one of 60 known Wagner cards was sold at auction for $403,664. The Associated Press reported that SCP Auctions did not disclose the names of either the buyer or the seller.

It's sort of obvious that ownership of a valuable collectible would have a profound effect on the lives of those in possession, but the timeline the Honus Wagner card has followed is littered with astonishing tales.

There's the case of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Baltimore, who inherited the card from a deceased brother of one of the sisters only to have it stolen by a card collector.

Even more remarkable, though, is that the auction house Heritage resold the card, fetching the same price, and delivered the money directly to the nuns.

One of the more high profile buyers is Wayne Gretzky, who in 1991 teamed with Kings owner Bruce McNall to purchase the card as an investment.

But fortune didn't favor the pair: Gretzky ultimately had to buy out McNall of his 50 percent stake, while the owner declared bankruptcy and proceeded to serve a five-year prison term for conspiracy and fraud. Gretzky did turn a small profit, though, selling the card four years later to Wal-Mart for $500,000.

In 2007, the Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick bought the card for $2.8 million with the intention of making it a family heirloom.

The difference in price between the $2.8 million that Kendrick paid and the $403,664 from this past weekend's auction is likely a matter of card quality. Forbes reported that Kendrick's card, which was the same one Gretzky had owned, is considered to be "in near mint condition."

The Steve Spurrier known to college football today wasn't always revered as a legend. When he was trying to break into head coaching at the college level, he was desperate for an opportunity and willing to take whatever he got.

What he got, it turned out, was Duke football.

At the time -- and as was the case just a few years ago -- Duke was anything but a desirable coaching job. The program had endured decades of struggle, last reaching a bowl game in 1961. Its last conference championship had come in 1962.

When he was hired in 1987, Spurrier's first focus was on changing the mentality of his team. He set goals and convinced his team that they were reachable goals. In his first season, the program went 4-7, going 2-6 in its last eight games.

The next season, though, the Blue Devils started to turn things around. They jumped out to a 5-0 start before faltering in ACC play and ending the year 7-3-1.

The next year was an accomplishment Blue Devils fans are still waiting to match. After a brutal 1-3 start, Duke looked like it had come back to earth. But Spurrier led the team to six straight conference wins, starting with an upset of then-No. 7 Clemson. The winning streak gave Duke the ACC championship and a berth in the All-America bowl.

Here's a documentary promo in which Spurrier talks about the mindset he brought to Duke's program:

Along the way, Spurrier was named back-to-back ACC Coach of the Year in 1988 and 1989. The turnaround at Duke was so good that Spurrier became a hot coaching commodity, and his alma mater Florida lured him away after the 1989 season.

From there, Spurrier found even greater success, coaching Florida to the national championship in 1996. He led the Gators to six SEC championships. Between his time at Florida and his current tenure at South Carolina, Spurrier has been named the SEC Coach of the Year seven times.

While current Duke coach David Cutliffe has brought the program back to relevance, reaching the ACC championship game last season, Spurrier's 1989 season remains the standard of greatness at Duke.

Stamps honoring Wilt Chamberlain as an American icon will be dedicated Friday in Philadelphia during the halftime of the 76ers-Thunder game. Chamberlain is one of about 30 subjects selected from a list of 40,000 stamp proposals originally generated by the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee.

The volunteer began working on Chamberlain's stamp years ago, jumping through an assortment of hoops until it was approved by the postmaster general.

Two different stamps will be sold by the United States Postal Service, honoring two distinct phases of Chamberlain's career: His early years, when he was an offensive giant, and his later years when he evolved into a defensive force.

Chamberlain, who died in 1999, is remembered as one of the greatest basketball players to ever live. The two-time NBA champion is famous for having scored 100 points in a single game.

The commemorative stamps are almost two inches tall -- about one-third taller than a typical postage stamp. The extra size is an homage to Chamberlain's 7-foot-1 frame, although it was also a practical decision.

"We still had trouble fitting him into those proportions," said artist Kadir Nelson to The New York Times.

About 50 million Wilt Chamberlain stamps will be printed -- a high number reflective of the stamp's status with the USPS, which expects the collectible to be one its more popular stamps.

For most everyone else, it was a little over-the-top. But to Florida fans, Tim Tebow's post-game pledge, which quickly became known as "The Promise," was a critical turning point in the legend of the former Heisman-winning quarterback.

The Promise was born from a moment of devastation: Undefeated Florida, seeking a national championship, was challenged early in the SEC season by unranked Ole Miss.

Florida's offense piled up more than 440 yards, but it committed three turnovers and struggled mightily on third downs. Ole Miss squeaked out with a 31-30 win.

For the Rebels, the victory was huge. A rebuilding program now had a cornerstone victory to hang its hat on.

But Florida was in shambles. It had a talented roster and every reason to believe it would be in the mix for a national championship. Although the season was still young, the loss represented a huge setback that could have, in theory, dashed the Gators' national championship hopes.

Tim Tebow -- Heisman-winner, team rallying point, and generally deified figure of Florida football -- was particularly shaken. He had the world on his shoulders, after all, and despite a decent performance in the game, he felt like the loss was his fault first.

So after the game, he faced reporters and said this:

The overdone soundtrack to this video might suggest that Tebow was simply caught up in the heat of the moment. If so, the rest of Gator Nation was with him.

Thus The Promise was born.

In fact, the school wasted no time in commemorating that short speech by searing it onto a plague affixed to the football stadium. The case for memorializing Tebow's promise is a decent one: After that loss, Florida ran the table and won the BCS Championship following the 2008 season.

Tebow returned the following year and only lost once, in the SEC title game against Alabama. Post-Promise, Tebow went 23-1.

Dark days have descended upon Gainesville since then, with the program tanking under the leadership of Will Muschamp. But at least Gator fans can comfort themselves with not-so-distant memories of when their wet-eyed savior delivered them from tragedy.

National championship controversies have a long legacy in college football.

Back in the days of split national championships, Georgia Tech had entered the 1990 season unranked and absent of any serious expectations. Clemson and Virginia were widely seen as the top teams in the ACC.

During the course of the regular season, though, Georgia Tech flexed its dominance, going undefeated -- the lone blemish being a tie against unranked North Carolina -- and earning a No. 2 national ranking entering their final game, a Citrus Bowl matchup with No. 19 Nebraska.

The Huskers had finished runner-up in the Big 12 conference to Colorado, which held the No. 1 national ranking in both the AP and Coaches' polls, and was the favorite to walk away from the season trophy-in-hand.

But Georgia Tech made a compelling case for its own title aspirations. Against a respected Nebraska team -- which was favored by the oddsmakers despite its lower ranking -- the Yellow Jackets dominated in all phases, scoring early and often against the Blackshirts defense.

Tech's defense, meanwhile, stuffed a vaunted Nebraska running attack all game long. The Huskers only gained 126 yards on the ground, down from their average of 330 per game.

The Yellow Jackets even blocked a field goal in overwhelming fashion during the game, adding salt to Nebraska's wounds. Colorado also triumphed in its own bowl game, leading most to believe that the Buffaloes would be crowned the champion in both major football polls.

But Tech's dominance of Nebraska made a strong impression on coaches casting their ballots.

When the polls were finally released, the Yellow Jackets had slipped past Colorado in the Coaches' poll -- even though the Buffaloes entered bowl season ranked No. 1 in the country and defeated a higher-ranked opponent in their own bowl game, beating No. 5 Notre Dame, 10-9.

Colorado, which had a loss at Illinois and a neutral-site tie against Tennessee, and Georgia Tech were forced to split the national title -- and the glory of winning. But for a Tech team that emerged from obscurity, the recognition was well-received.

What Doug Flutie remembers isn't the completed pass, the ecstasy of victory, the post-game celebration after his Hail Mary pass beat Miami on the road.

His most vivid recollections of that play are all about what happened before the snap.

"There's a picture of me after the completion in one of my offensive lineman's arms," Flutie says. "There's one of me in my brother's arms. ... I asked our strong safety who caught the ball. I have those memories pretty much only because of the pictures.

"The memories I have in my mind are being in the huddle. We had a pre-snap penalty that moved us back, and there were some other things that went on before the snap. That's what I remember."

Thirty years after Flutie's last-second Hail Mary produced a game-winning touchdown and a big win for Boston College, it's fitting that the quarterback's own recollection of the moment has been molded by the perceptions of millions of college football fans.

That play, affectionately nicknamed the 'Hail Flutie,' is a classic moment in college football history. But at the time, Nov. 23, 1984, Flutie and his teammates had no idea the masses would care.

"It's amazing to me because, in the moment, it was this once-in-a-lifetime win for our program," Flutie says. "This last-second miracle, it was exciting for us.

"Then we got back in town, and Boston is a pro sports town. But there were 10,000 people waiting for us at the airport. That's when we knew something had happened."

It wasn't just Boston that was captured by the moment. The entire country had been tuned in to watch Boston College-Miami at the Orange Bowl. The game was played on Thanksgiving Day weekend, and it pitted Heisman frontrunner Flutie against a Hurricanes program that fans, in his words, "loved to hate."

The game did not disappoint. A high-scoring affair brought both teams into the fourth quarter tied at 31. Bernie Kosar set a school record for 447 yards passing, and four touchdowns from running back Melvin Bratton had appeared enough to lift Miami to victory.

And then this happened:

"Hail Marys rarely happened back then," Flutie says now. "Today it's more common. Team have gotten so much better at drawing up Hail Mary's, putting guys in position and practicing the play. It was so rare, which is what made it special."

Just a few days after he connected with Gerard Phelan for that touchdown, Flutie was awarded the Heisman Trophy for the 1984 season. He's quick to point out that the Hail Mary didn't help him win: The ballots had already been cast before they played Miami.

Instead, Flutie views the Hail Mary as a collective moment shared by so many people -- not just himself and his teammates, and not even just Boston College fans. Wherever he goes, the Hail Flutie invariably gets brought up.

That type of crystallizing moment is also a throwback of sorts. In today's hectic media climate, Flutie doesn't think his defining play would make such big waves nationally.

"Everything being so regional now, a lot of people don't find out what happened in a single game until that night when they watch highlights, or when it comes across online," Flutie says. "So they end up reading it rather than seeing it, and then later see a highlight

"You’re not as attached to the moment when it’s that way."

Thirty years later, Flutie's life has come a long way. He spent more than 20 years playing professional football, in the USFL, CFL, and finally as a starter in the NFL. He founded the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism and serves as an advisory board member for the Capital One Cup.

While a great achievement on its own, Flutie doesn't feel like his life would be any different if Gerard Phelan had dropped the pass in the end zone. Boston College could have lost and Flutie still would have won the Heisman before embarking on a long professional career.

Nonetheless, the Hail Flutie holds a special place in his heart.

"It’s a moment that you’re remembered by," Flutie says. "A lot of us [college football players], you play the sport, and then you get forgotten and move on.

"At least I had this one last moment."

Arkansas and LSU are both walking into a freight train -- meteorologically speaking. Forecasts for the game in Fayetteville, Arkansas, are projecting temperatures in the high 20s, along with snow.

Granted, that might not terrify many Golden Gophers up in Minnesota. But if you play in the SEC, you almost never face those conditions.

Of course, things could be much worse, and leading up to the game, LSU and Arkansas fans are coming together to remember one of the most brutal environments a college football game has ever played in. Both teams faced one another in the 1947 Cotton Bowl, which has since been affectionately nicknamed "The Ice Bowl."

Both teams in that game were assaulted by driving sleet, ice, snow and rain. Temperatures hovered in the 20's, but more than 45,000 fans came out to watch the game, which had sold out weeks ahead of time.

The brutal conditions were a plague on both offenses. LSU managed to get in the red zone on five different occasions but failed to put up any points. Arkansas's squad could do even less, accumulating just 54 yards in the game. The Razorbacks only managed one first down the entire game.

Passing was a nightmare. LSU managed just 16 yards through the air. The only Arkansas pass that was caught was an interception. Both teams combined to throw five-for-21.

LSU did have a chance to win the game at the end of regulation, setting up for a field-goal attempt with the ball at the four-yard line. But, true to the rest of the game's play, the snap was botched, and the kick never left the ground.

In the end, the game was won by Mother Nature. LSU and Arkansas split a tie. Even in the immediate aftermath of the game, it was clear the Ice Bowl's legacy was set. LSU coach Bernie Moore called it "the worst football weather I’ve seen in 35 years of coaching."

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