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Walter Payton: Football's Sweetest Superstar

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Walter Payton was arguably the greatest running back in the history of professional football. A star for the Chicago Bears from 1974 to 1987, Payton rushed for a National Football League career record of 16,726 yards. Known to football fans everywhere as "Sweetness," he helped lead the Bears to a Super Bowl victory following the 1985 season and over the years established himself as one of the sports world's most popular and personable role models. Payton was beloved by his teammates, idolized by his fans, and ...

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Walter Payton was arguably the greatest running back in the history of professional football. A star for the Chicago Bears from 1974 to 1987, Payton rushed for a National Football League career record of 16,726 yards. Known to football fans everywhere as "Sweetness," he helped lead the Bears to a Super Bowl victory following the 1985 season and over the years established himself as one of the sports world's most popular and personable role models. Payton was beloved by his teammates, idolized by his fans, and embraced by business partners. He captured the heart of the Windy City with a graciousness complimented by a spirit of humility and a wonderful sense of humor. Millions mourned in early November 1999 when Payton, a youthful 45, succumbed to cancer after a nearly year-long battle with various health problems. Even in his dying days, however, Payton maintained his dignity, a spirit of community charity, and a legendary ability to pull off practical jokes that would send friends and family reeling with laughter. Before he passed away, he reportedly also renewed his commitment to his Christian faith. His death on November 1 coincided with the day known as All Saints Day in many Christian quarters. In Walter Payton, dozens of his contemporaries, former teammates, coaches, childhood and college chums, business partners, fans, and friends offer in their own words their favorite memories and anecdotes of this man they loved so much. Walter Payton is a warm, entertaining, and inspiring book about a man whose fame transcended the sport in which he competed into the widest realms of life itself.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581824766
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Series: Great American Sports Legends Series
  • Pages: 225
  • Sales rank: 178,745
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.65 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2009

    A great book

    Walter Payton is my favorite player in the world no matter what sport. I bought this book because of it. Walter Payton is my role model and that will never change. I am only 12 years old and I read this 207 page book in 3 weeks , an average of 14.79 pages a day! I highly recommend this book to anyone. It teaches you that Walter Payton was not all about the media and popularity, he had kids and a wife that he loved very much. He cared about pretty much everyone and was "SWEET" to every person he ever met. Overall I give this book a 4 star rating.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2006

    Not a 'Children's book' as listed

    I bought this book for my 10 year old son to read for his 4th grade book report. It came up when I did a search for Walter Payton under children's books for 9 to 12 year olds. The book is 207 pages long and is NOT an appropriate length for a 4th grader. I will read the book myself, but it should not come up on a search for children's books.

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