The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton

Book - 2011
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The first definitive biography of Chicago Bears superstar Walter Payton.

At five feet ten inches tall, running back Walter Peyton was not the largest player in the NFL, but he developed a larger-than-life reputation for his strength, speed, and grit. Nicknamed "Sweetness" during his college football days, he became the NFL's all-time leader in rushing and all-purpose yards, capturing the hearts of fans in his adopted Chicago.

Crafted from interviews with more than 700 sources, acclaimed sportswriter Jeff Pearlman has produced the first definitive biography of Payton. Sweetness at last brings fans a detailed, scrupulously researched, all-encompassing account of the legend's rise to greatness. From Payton's childhood in segregated Mississippi, where he ended a racial war by becoming the star of his integrated high school's football team, to his college years and his twelve-year NFL career, Sweetness brims with stories of all-American heroism, and covers Payton's life off the field as well. Set against the backdrop of the tragic illness that cut his life short at just forty- six years of age, this is a stirring tribute to a singular icon and the lasting legacy he made.

Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, c2011.
ISBN: 9781592406531
Branch Call Number: 796.332 PAYTON W
Characteristics: xvi, 480 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.


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Dec 04, 2014

what ages is this for is it a skinny book or big book

Feb 04, 2013

Jeff Pearlman has written one heck of an expose about a great man, an incredible football player and very much a sinner like we all are. Pearlman, a noted fan of Payton as were many of us, exposes the many transgressions of Payton and how we was really a contradictory character. No one is perfect and am not trying to make Payton into some sort of bad person as he could be the sweetest person to kids and yet didn't spend enough time with his own children. That may have been due to the fact that he wasn't in a happy marriage. Anyway, Pearlman sets the table by getting a lot of background info of when Walter was a tyke and always trying to live up to an older brother, Eddie, who was a natural athlete whilst Walter had to work hard and early on was more gifted musically and with dance. Wonderful book, highly recommended!

Nov 20, 2011

This wonderful biography will take you on a roller coaster ride. There are many highs and lows that show the differences of the human experience. Here is a man that is full of love, compassion, beauty, confidence, and belief in God. On the other hand he is insecure, ignores his family, is immature in many ways, but all in all is an incredible man. If you are a sports fan you will get insights that you'd probably rather not have, but all in all you will love this book.


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