Originally posted on Shutdown Corner  |  Last updated 10/14/11
The challenge of any documentary of a legend is to find a new angle to view the legend from. With Walter Payton, that's not an easy task. The Hall-of-Famer has been written about, documented and covered to the nth degree, particularly in my hometown of Chicago. As a Payton fan since birth, I've eaten up every bit of that documentation. His "Sportscentury" by ESPN has save-until-I-delete status on my DVR, and I plan to borrow and read a copy of "Sweetness" by Jeff Pearlman. It's tough to impress me with another look at #34. but the NFL Network's "Sweetness: A Football Life" succeeded. The documentary's overarching theme was Payton's lasting effect on the game. They established it early by using video of Payton running his famous hill, and appearances from Ray Lewis, LaDainian Tomlinson and Ryan Williams. Each player said they modeled their work ethic after Payton. LT showed the hill he built in his backyard in San Diego so that he could be like Payton, but really, LT? That was a mole...
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