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Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton | [Jeff Pearlman]

Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton

At five feet ten inches tall, running back Walter Payton 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.
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Publisher's Summary

At five feet 10 inches tall, running back Walter Payton 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.

Drawing from interviews with more than seven hundred sources, acclaimed sportswriter Jeff Pearlman has crafted 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 thirteen-year NFL career, Sweetness brims with stories of all-American heroism and covers Payton’s life on and off the field. Set against the backdrop of the tragic illness that cut his life short at just 45 years of age, this is a stirring tribute to a singular icon and the lasting legacy he made.

©2011 Jeff Pearlman (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Jeff Pearlman does the work of first-rate biography in his addictively readable Sweetness. He presents Walter Payton in all of his flaws and contradictions yet leaves you in the end with a much deeper appreciation of an uncommon man." (David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize–winning author)

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    Gloria Carmichael, CA, USA 11-22-12
    Gloria Carmichael, CA, USA 11-22-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Lots of editorializing that can't be substantiated"
    What would have made Sweetness better?

    Less story telling and acting as if he knew what Payton was thinking. Should have stuck to a more reporter oriented approach since he had so many "unknown or unnamed " sources.


    Has Sweetness turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Just Pearlman


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Tried to sound like Payton and came off cheesy.


    What character would you cut from Sweetness?

    NA


    Any additional comments?

    Mean spirited way to make a buck by trashing someone while their family is still here to deal with the pain. Really took every opportunity to trash Connie.

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    Walter United States 03-25-12
    Walter United States 03-25-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Good Book= Tragic Hero"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The inside story of WP and his football/life lessons.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sweetness?

    The softness of the man in spite of his womanizing and selfish behavior.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    His death.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Madison Heights, VA, United States 03-19-12
    Chris Madison Heights, VA, United States 03-19-12
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    Would you try another book from Jeff Pearlman and/or Malcolm Hillgartner?

    I am not sure. I did not like the narrater when he tried to sound like Payton or his agent. It started to annoy me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the agent. He seemed to be a straight shooter and really help guide Payton for most of his life.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Not try so hard on the impressions


    Do you think Sweetness needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No I felt it covered his life very well


    Any additional comments?

    All in all I enjoyed the book. I could have done with out the bad impressions from the narrator, but the story as a whole was interesting and I found out a lot about Payton that I would have never known.

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    aaron izenstark 03-08-12 Member Since 2001
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    "If you are a Payton fan, great book!!!"

    I grew up as as a Bear fan and of course a Walter Payton fan. Every kid who played football wanted to be Payton. This book is by far the most detailed of his life and career. The book closes any gap you may have had on what happened during any part of his life.

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