Walter Payton

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One of the greatest all-around running backs in National Football League history, Walter Payton set several league records-including career rushing yards (16,726); most games rushing for 100 or more yards (77); and rushing touchdowns (110)-during his 13-year career with the Chicago Bears. Nicknamed "Sweetness" by his Jackson State University teammates because of his smooth running style and friendly disposition, Payton was a nine-time Pro Bowler and two-time NFL MVP. In 1985, he rushed for more than 1,500 yards ...

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Overview

One of the greatest all-around running backs in National Football League history, Walter Payton set several league records-including career rushing yards (16,726); most games rushing for 100 or more yards (77); and rushing touchdowns (110)-during his 13-year career with the Chicago Bears. Nicknamed "Sweetness" by his Jackson State University teammates because of his smooth running style and friendly disposition, Payton was a nine-time Pro Bowler and two-time NFL MVP. In 1985, he rushed for more than 1,500 yards to help Chicago capture the most wins in franchise history, with a 15-1 regular season record. In the playoffs, the Bears outscored their opponents 101-10, including a dominating 46-10 victory against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX. Tragically, in February 1999, Payton was diagnosed with bile duct cancer. Less than six months later, he was dead, at the age of 45. Payton's legacy endures today through the charitable foundation that he and his wife, Connie, established in 1989. The Walter and Connie Payton Foundation has provided toys and school supplies to thousands of abused, neglected, and underprivileged children in Illinois.

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Children's Literature - Elizabeth Sulock
Through eight chapters, this comprehensive biography covers the life of football giant Walter Payton. The book opens by explaining what made this National Football League running back one of the greatest in sports history. In the following three chapters, Woog recounts Payton's childhood, his college career, and his transition to a professional career with the Chicago Bears. Chapters five, six and seven describe Payton's career with the team, including highlights of outstanding plays, what distinguished him as a Super Bowl superstar, and his induction into the NFL Hall of Fame. The final chapter concludes with a sensitive summary of Payton's health issues and ultimate demise. Extras include statistics of Payton's performance, a chronology of his career, a detailed glossary explaining the football terms that are bolded throughout the text, a bibliography, and a list of books for further reading. Though the text might appear a bit lengthy for reluctant readers, the author's easy-to-read voice and an abundance of color and black-and-white photographs of Payton in action should help to engage this audience. As a whole, this text portrays a positive, encouraging story and is the children's book version of the popular TV show "NFL Films Presents." Part of the "Football Superstars" series. Reviewer: Elizabeth Sulock
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791095676
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Series: Football Superstars Series
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 807,499
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introducing Sweetness     7
A Boyhood in Columbia     16
College Life     28
Joining the Bears     39
Moving on Up     51
Seasons of Glory     64
Retiring Number 34     78
The End     89
Sweetness's Legacy     103
Statistics     114
Chronology     115
Timeline     116
Glossary     119
Bibliography     126
Further Reading     127
Picture Credits     128
Index     129
About the Author     135

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