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Divine forgiveness

Updated: December 27, 2004, 3:36 PM ET
By Ray Ratto | Special to ESPN.com

Reggie White's passing was the proverbial bolt out of the blue, and brought with it the expected flood of tributes from all corners of the football world. He was, for his contemporaries, the be-all and end-all of what an admirable football player ought to be.

He was strong, and fearless, and generous, and devout, and all but taught Barry White how to hit that low note.

But there was that one day in the Wisconsin state legislature when he disparaged homosexuals and uttered some offensive ...

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