Memorial expected to draw thousands

Updated: December 29, 2004, 8:50 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Bill Bates saw the talent and the passion in Reggie White before nearly anyone else, back when they were teammates at Tennessee more than 20 years ago.

"He was so raw then," Bates said. "The talent was there, he just hadn't found it yet."

On Wednesday, Bates was one of the many mourners who streamed into a funeral home to say farewell to the NFL great during a public visitation. White died three days earlier at Presbyterian Hospital in Huntersville, a northern ...

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