The highly anticipated 30 for 30, The Minister of Defense, premieres this Wednesday on ESPN. The film provides a deeper look into the life and career of NFL Hall of Famer Reggie White, including never-before-seen footage from an interview filmed in 2004 just two months before his untimely death at age 43.
“The film chronicles both White’s incredible dominance as one of the best defensive players ever and his spiritual journey as an ordained evangelical minister who questioned his blind faith toward the end of his life,” ESPN said in a press release.
Viewers can also expect to see interviews with White’s teammates from both the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers as Reggie’s son Jeremy looks to gain more of an understanding of his father’s complex life. ESPN shared a teaser for the long-awaited film across their social media platforms last week.
Reggie White was one of the most dominant defenders in NFL history, but his life was complex and at times controversial.@30for30 presents "The Minister of Defense," premiering Dec. 13 at 9 ET on ESPN and @ESPNPlus pic.twitter.com/t3fHzEY1Zb— ESPN (@espn) December 8, 2023
The 30 for 30 was originally announced in May of this year and is co-directed by Ken Rodgers (Bullies of Baltimore, The Tuck Rule, The Two Bills) and Courtland Bragg (Hard Knocks). The film premieres on ESPN at 9 pm EST and will be available to stream immediately on ESPN+ after its debut.