Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life Of Walter Payton

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Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life Of Walter Payton

by Jeff Pearlman

GOTHAM BOOKS | October 4, 2011 | Hardcover |

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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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 448 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 1.57 in

Published: October 4, 2011

Publisher: GOTHAM BOOKS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 159240653X

ISBN - 13: 9781592406531

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Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life Of Walter Payton

Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life Of Walter Payton

by Jeff Pearlman

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 448 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 1.57 in

Published: October 4, 2011

Publisher: GOTHAM BOOKS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 159240653X

ISBN - 13: 9781592406531

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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.

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 York.

Editorial Reviews

"If Walter Payton, magnificent football player and Chicago treasure, is enough for you, ignore the book and cherish your memories. If Walter Payton, flawed but fascinating human being, intrigues you, read it. You might come away with a greater appreciation" -- New York Times
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