From the Publisher
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
About the Author
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
Published: October 4, 2011
Publisher: Gotham Book Mart
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 159240653X
ISBN - 13: 9781592406531