Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton

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Penguin, Oct 4, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 496 pages
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.

 

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I bought this book for my 12 year son who is a diehard sports fanatic and a fan of Sweetness himself. Parents should preview as some topics are advanced as they would be in any life story. I used those portions as teaching points and he really liked the book. Read full review

SWEETNESS: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton

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SI.com and Wall Street Journal writer Pearlman (Boys Will Be Boys: The Glory Days and Party Nights of the Dallas Cowboys Dynasty, 2008, etc.) delivers a definitive biography of one of the NFL's all ... Read full review

Contents

PART ONE COLUMBIA
BUBBA
LEARNING THE GAME
BLACK AND WHITE
THE EMERGENCE
RECRUITMENT
PART TWO JACKSON
JACKSON STATE
THE STRANGEST
DARKNESS
THE UNBEARABLE BEARS
A ROSE IN A DANDELION GARDEN
POWER
SHUFFLE
SUPER LETDOWN
AFTERMATH

SOUL
CONNIE
HEISMAN HOPES
PART THREE CHICAGO
GOING
BIRTH OF SWEETNESS
ZERO YARDS
THE WAKEUP CALL
PART FOUR RETIREMENT
NOW WHAT?
A BOTTOMLESS VOID
DEPRESSION
THE
Acknowledgements
BIBLIOGRAPHY
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Jeff Pearlman is the author of four previous books, including two New York Times bestsellers: The Bad Guys Won! and Boys Will Be Boys. He is a columnist for SI.com, a contributor to The Wall Street Journal, and blogs regularly on jeffpearlman.com. Pearlman and his family live in New York.

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