Chicago Bears Fans, Chill! Sweetness Book is Fair and Even-Handed

Jeff Pearlman‘s new book Sweetness: the Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton is a complete biography; not a hagiography. It paints the greatest runner in Chicago Bears, possibly NFL history as a human being, not a saint.

Because that’s who Walter Payton was- a person with many virtues and faults, character concerns and contradictions, just like you or I. Payton was my favorite athlete as a kid (replaced by Deion Sanders as Payton retired and I went from childhood to my teen years), and as a seven year old I thought #34 walked on water.

As an adult I know better. So should you. So should the book’s detractors.

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