Sep 5, 1993; Milwaukee, WI, USA: FILE PHOTO; Green Bay Packers defensive end Reggie White (92) moves past Los Angeles Rams tackle Jackie Slater (78) at Milwaukee County Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter Brouillet-US PRESSWIRE
It's an occasion as good as any. A reminder of an event that no one involved could truly explain. It was December 3, 1995 when the late-great Reggie White left the game against Cincinnati with was viewed as a possible season-ending hamstring injury. But they called it a miracle. The Cincinnati Bengals (5-7 at the time), took a 10-3 half time lead against a Packers (8-4 at the time) team that would eventually reach the NFC Championship game. Cincinnati wouldn't score again and Jeff Black threw two fourth quarter interceptions, giving the Packers an eventual 24-10 win. [Note: Only one of 10 possessions during the game did Cincinnati's offense generate more than 20 yards]
Reggie White left the game and Jay Sorgi of 620 WTMJ writes, missed the following week against Tampa Bay. Then he was recovered.
"I can't explain it. I can't explain why it didn't hurt as bad as it it," explained White about White's incredible return to action less than two weeks after the injury..
"Don't ask me to explain all this. You can't explain it, really," said his coach Mike Holmgren.
The only real excuse we have bringing this up is that White suffered his injury against the Bengals. But many of us grew up watching perhaps one of the most dominant defensive ends in NFL history; a player I made a point to watch when I could. Though we're not sure if we believe in miracles. However the fact Cincinnati held onto a seven-point led against the Packers that year might have been a miracle in of itself.