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ONLY Reggie White could turn a football game into a religious experience. Standing 6'5", 291 pounds, he seemed a god among men, and the breathless souls who had to face him always spoke of his strength and speed with reverence. As one of the greatest defensive ends in NFL history, White leaves an enduring football legacy: He retired in 2000 as the career leader in sacks after 15 seasons with Philadelphia, Green Bay and Carolina, was a two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and was elected to the Pro Bowl for a record 13 consecutive years. "He may have been the best player I've ever seen and certainly was the best I've ever played with or against," said Brett Favre.
But to those who were lucky enough to share the field with White, he will always be something much more: A friend. A role model. A spiritual mentor. Lost forever, on Dec. 26, 2004, at age 43 to a respiratory ailment, he is now, in the eyes of some, the franchise player on the ultimate team. Said Todd Scott, a former NFL defensive back, "He was a lottery pick when it comes to being drafted into heaven."
SENT PACKING RARE WAS THE QUARTERBACK THAT WHITE COULDN'T TAKE DOWN.
ON BENDED KNEE