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.
In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Payton’s former teammate and college football hall of famer Steve McMichael reffered to the work of Pearlman as “Sensational journalism…yellow journalism. Half-crocked stories. Sounds like the National Enquirer, doesn’t it?”
McMichael’s attack on Pearlman didn’t stop there. You can read what he said about the author here
“I think it’s ridic