Book says Walter Payton abused drugs

Sep 29, 2011 Full story: Peninsula Clarion 15

In this Dec. 20, 1987, file photo, Chicago Bears' Walter Payton carries the ball during an NFL football against the Seattle Sehawks in Chicago.

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T Workman

Norfolk, VA

#1 Sep 29, 2011
The man is dead and can not defend himself. What does the writer expect to accomplish with the story. Payton harmed no one and provided a lot of football joy to a lot of people
GBPfan

Colorado Springs, CO

#2 Sep 29, 2011
T Workman wrote:
The man is dead and can not defend himself. What does the writer expect to accomplish with the story. Payton harmed no one and provided a lot of football joy to a lot of people
So what that he's dead? If books shouldn't be written about dead people then we need to burn nearly every history book and biography ever written. BTW why does Walter Payton need to defend himself? What did Walter Payton do that YOU think was so horrible? I don't think he did anything horrible. In fact, I admire Walter Payton more now than ever.
GBPfan

Colorado Springs, CO

#3 Sep 29, 2011
Walter Payton suffered from depression and took pain meds for football related injuries. His marriage became unhappy and he and his wife became estranged. Yet he remained a loving father, a great teammate, a hard worker, a good friend, a humanitarian and a class act. He faced death with dignity and grace. I am happy that someone is telling this inspirational, yet tragic, story.
Laughing Bear Fan

Littleton, CO

#4 Sep 29, 2011
GBPfan wrote:
Walter Payton suffered from depression and took pain meds for football related injuries. His marriage became unhappy and he and his wife became estranged. Yet he remained a loving father, a great teammate, a hard worker, a good friend, a humanitarian and a class act. He faced death with dignity and grace. I am happy that someone is telling this inspirational, yet tragic, story.
I didn't think you had it in you GBP...I kept waiting for the "BUT". The thing about Payton was he tried his hardest every play
GBPfan

Colorado Springs, CO

#5 Sep 29, 2011
Laughing Bear Fan wrote:
<quoted text>I didn't think you had it in you GBP...I kept waiting for the "BUT". The thing about Payton was he tried his hardest every play
Naturally, I didn't care for him as a Bear, but I loved him as a football player. As you say, he always gave the maximum effort. He would put his shoulder down for that extra yard just before getting hit on the sidelines. He would try to go through or over a player if he couldn't go around him. He would do the dirty work like blocking and do it extremely well. I sometimes hear people talk about the greatest running back of all time. When Walter's name comes up, I always think the discussion should switch to greatest football player of all time. He sure was fun to watch.

Since: Apr 07

United States

#6 Sep 29, 2011
No figure in the public spotlight is immune to being human. I can think of no greater beloved figure in the history of the NFL than Walter Payton. His life stood for more positives and any negative could possibly tear down. It would not surprise me if ANY former NFL player used drugs to deal with the pain of playing the game. Payton's love for the game was truely great, and I am sure that it was his wish to play as long as physically possible.

Why we question the eary retirements of people such as Barry Sanders is beyond me. To be able to leave the game has a healthy man, is an admirable choice. To leave it broken means that you will deal with pain for the rest of your life, still as even a young man. The NFL body at age 40 feels like a man in his 80's. Payton's first years in the league were behind bad offensive lines, and the punishment inflicted on him was more than I could possibly fathom.

I cherish his memory. No matter the circumstances. It does not diminish his stature in the game or his effect on the people who admired his work ethic, his humanity or his life.
Authorfarts

United States

#7 Sep 29, 2011
"the Hall of Fame running back used a cocktail of Tylenol and Vicodin in retirement"

Who gives a fart what he did "on retirement"...one of the best ever when he was an active player...

Jeff Pearlman has no nads...get a life loser...
GBPfan

Colorado Springs, CO

#8 Sep 29, 2011
Authorfarts wrote:
"the Hall of Fame running back used a cocktail of Tylenol and Vicodin in retirement"
Who gives a fart what he did "on retirement"...one of the best ever when he was an active player...
Jeff Pearlman has no nads...get a life loser...
Who cares? I care. It is an indication of the sacrifices that Walter made to be among the greats of the game. The way he played the game obviously took a tremendous toll on his body. I get the impression you think there was something wrong with taking medication. While playing and after he suffered from depression, severe physical pain, emotional turmoil, and a terminal illness. Why is it shocking or embarrassing that he used meds?
ed bracvk

Cleveland, OH

#9 Sep 29, 2011
i knew walter payton for 15 years and went out to dinner and spent endless hours with him he never ever did drugs and was never depressed the book is a sham and a total lie ..if you buy this book you are a fool walter payton was the best running back of all time and one of the most generous people to ever walk this earth..hey author of the book what have you ever done for other people?? answer this you hack..piece of garbage
ed brack

Cleveland, OH

#10 Sep 29, 2011
the author of this book is a wussy..lets see you run with a football j---off
kirk stone

Cleveland, OH

#11 Sep 29, 2011
the author is a joke dont spend a dollar on this hackjob period
Kieth Stonefarts

Katy, TX

#12 Sep 30, 2011
Hold my stonefarts...
Kieth Stonefarts

Katy, TX

#13 Sep 30, 2011
GBPfan wrote:
<quoted text>
Why is it shocking or embarrassing that he used meds?
Didnt say I was shock...I said who cares how Walter Payton lived his life after football...it was his life...not mine...not yours...

Take a vicodine and chill...lmao....

The author of this book is a tool...
GBPfan

Colorado Springs, CO

#14 Sep 30, 2011
Kieth Stonefarts wrote:
<quoted text>
Didnt say I was shock...I said who cares how Walter Payton lived his life after football...it was his life...not mine...not yours...
Take a vicodine and chill...lmao....
The author of this book is a tool...
Why is the author a tool? What did he write that upsets you so much? Are you claiming that writing about Payton's life after football makes the author a tool? Do you understand anything about biographies?
Authorfarts

Katy, TX

#15 Sep 30, 2011
Biographyfarts...

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