This is one of the most interesting and captivating sports biographies that I have read. Which was football''s big trouble last week, it turns out, as lots of folks who should know better took exception to a new biography of Walter Payton. If Walter Payton, flawed but fascinating human being, intrigues you, read it. With that said, Pearlman has offered up some amazing tidbits about his journey through various video vignettes that you can find on YouTube. Did I learn something new? He has written two books about baseball and was the author of the infamous John Rocker interview in Sports Illustrated. While this is an example of how Walter Payton was a guy who was friends with people of all different religions and ethnic backgrounds.
It also details the racism and death threats that Payton had to face as a star athlete. Obviously this book was special for me personally, since I lived through a lot of it. The book is well worth the read and provided a deep dig into the man, myth, and legend that was Walter Payton. I was skeptical about this book because I'm not a fan and I thought the endless football talk would be boring. I wouldn't let an out-of-context excerpt and some enraged condemnations get in the way of a fascinating read about a fascinating man.
Walter Payton has done so many things that he knows will benefit him and get him closer to his dreams. The magazine preview created the impression for some that Pearlman was another Kitty Kelly, seeking to enrich himself with a tawdry tell-all. He walked on water, as long as it was flooding Soldier Field. One of the best reads I have ever done. I never saw him play however I can see why people had such an attachment to him. To the contrary, Sweetness is an exhaustive, compelling, and mostly sympathetic biography.
Even when he initially became sick, he made certain nobody knew. To present the man in his complexity, with his not-always admirable behavior, is a service to life in general. Once you have bile duct cancer, you are no longer a candidate for transplant. Or that Payton developed a steady painkiller habit during his playing days—hardly surprising, given what he put his body through—and did not relinquish it during his retirement. Rest in peace Sweetness and I hope that your legacy lives on in your children. The problem is I don't know how I feel about this book, mostly because I grew up in Chicago watching Walter Payton as soon as I was able to comprehend what football was. Halberstam would have been the first to insist that we not confuse fiction with nonfiction, and that we not mistake biography -- the telling of a life -- for hagiography -- the burnishing of a legend.
Synopsis The definitive biography of Chicago Bears superstar Walter Payton. For those of you who did that with this book, without taking the time to read it, you are making a huge mistake. For example Walter said to a friend of his a White Jewish guy Ron Atlas that he Walter Payton wanted Ron Atlas to be the Godfather of his son Jarrett this is proof that Walter Payton was both a Christian and tolerant of people of other faiths. Those who judge Payton harshly should think of what their own biographies would look like, assuming they were important enough to have biographies written about them. But Jeff Pearlman has endeavored to find out more about this mysterious man who inspired many through his thrilling runs and awe-inspiring touchdown dives throughout the course of his career. There's a story in how those two sides intersected, and a skilled biographer gets to that story. Customer service is our top priority! The transitions between football and off-the-field portions were smooth and the book was told in chronological order.
He was a football-playing hero to millions, true, but he was also a human being of considerable complexity. A dazzling account of one of Americaand 8217;s greatest sports sagas, Showtime is packed with indelible characters, vicious rivalries, and jaw-dropping, behind-the-scenes stories of the playersand 8217; decadent Hollywood lifestyles. And it makes all the Illinois state local government officials fellow criminals. If you are a fan of Football, the Bears, or complex characters, then you should pick up this book. In 1996, Pearlman was hired by Sports Illustrated, where he spent nearly seven years as a baseball writer.
This is the most rewarding book of my career. However, once the reader finishes the book and everything is covered, this turns out to be simply another chapter in a complicated life of a complicated man. Yes, I dreamed about Sweetness and me often even as or perhaps because I was a married woman with three young children. As a rule, they survey seasons about as compellingly as a football card or baseball card as they begin to rattle off numbers. Sweetness at last brings fans a detailed, scrupulously researched, all-encompassing account of the legend's rise to greatness. Set against the backdrop of the tragic illness that cut his life short at just forty- six years of age, this is a stirring tribute to a singular icon and the lasting legacy he made.
In the end Walter Payton was human, and a great one at that, which just makes his death all the more sad for me. You might come away with a greater appreciation. A happy jokester and a volatile person, always insecure, constantly complaining about not being appreciated. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. If you haven't read the book, Pearlman paints a picture of a flawed, insecure, somewhat selfish, and womanizing profile of one of the greatest athletes of our generation.
Halberstam would have been the first to insist that we not confuse fiction with nonfiction, and that we not mistake biography -- the telling of a life -- for hagiography -- the burnishing of a legend. I love a good biography and I love football and I am a die-hard Chicago Bears fan, so this book should have been right up my alley. With his shining, friendly and caring persona always being portrayed by the media, this is a side the general public has never heard of, and reserved for only a select few who knew Payton best of which, Pearlman is convinced that wasn't many. And to my surprise, it w I wanted to hate this book. Assuming that these facts are true, it portrays a life of a human being that was especially good at football.