Leave Walter Payton alone and let him rest in peace!

Leave Walter Payton alone and let him rest in peace!

I am one of many Bears fans and Walter Payton fans who are upset about the new book that was written about him recently. "Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton" written by Author Jeff Pearlman, tells a story of a supposed "darkside" of Walter Payton that very few ever knew about. The book accuses the Bears legend of being addicted to pain killers, infidelity, and suicidal behavior after retiring from football.

Now it's not the accusations that I'm upset about. No one is perfect, we've all made regrettable mistakes in our lives, and we all have our skeletons in the closet. But let's be honest, no one will ever truly know what went on inside the Payton household other than the Payton family themselves. What bothers me is that Mr. Pearlman decided to wait 12 years after Walter's death to come out with all of this.

What bothers me is that Mr. Pearlman seems to be making a profit off of Walter's death. The anniversary of his death is just a few weeks away. What bothers me is that Mr. Pearlman only seems to write about negative sports stories, for example: "A Season of Brawling, Boozing, Bimbo-chasing and Championship Baseball with Straw, Doc, Mookie, Nails, The Kid, and the Rest of the 1986 Mets, the Rowdiest Team Ever to Put on a New York Uniform.

And the last thing that bothers me, is that Mr. Pearlman seems like he wants to tarnish the legend of Walter Payton. We Bears fans all love and respect "Sweetness" for everything that he did on the field and for his charity work in helping those who are less fortunate. We honestly could care less about his personal life, not that it's any of the public's business anyway.

The City of Chicago and it's surrounding suburbs loved Walter Payton, and we all grieved in one way or another when he passed away. The memorial service at Solider Field {which I attended} was the perfect tribute and I feel that everything should have been left at that. And for Jeff Pearlman to put this out there, without any regard for how Walter's friends and family would feel about it just upsets me greatly.

Unfortunately, people will buy this book. People will use their Ipad's and their Kindles, log onto Amazon, and travel to whatever bookstore's are still in existence and buy this book. They will buy and read it, at least out of curiosity. Or they will buy it because they love scandalous stories, or perhaps they'll even buy it just because they collect sports books.

I want anyone who intends to read this book to know one thing: People are already angry, offended, and hurt because of the details that have already been released. And in the process, someone {Apparently without a soul} will get rich off of it. So before you buy this book, I want you to think about the people who were closest to Walter.

Think about his wife and kids, who now have to deal with constant questions and bombardment from the media and others. Think about his other family members who are probably dealing with the same thing. The Payton family has always been loved and respected, don't let this book change that. The Payton family still lives and works in the Chicagoland area, let them live in peace!

Don't let this book tarnish the memory of a good man who not only gave us something to cheer about on Sunday's, who not only gave us the only Super Bowl Chicago has ever had, who not only helped those in need, but who was a kind soul, a man of faith, and a family man first and foremost. I won't buy this book and I refuse to read it.

I will not disrespect the memory of Walter Payton over some trashy book. And I will not disrespect Walter's memory or Walter's family over something that might not even be true. And I ask those of you who truly love and respect Walter Payton to join me. Let the man rest in peace, and leave his family be!

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  • You're upset about the book, but yet you supported the author, by buying a copy. By the way, refering to Walter Payton, you wrote, "We honestly could care less about his personal life ...." Shouldn't it read, "We honestly couldn’t care less ...?"

  • In reply to Teddy:

    I did not buy a copy nor do I plan on buying one. I don't know where you got that idea from. Only reason why I know what is in the book is because of the excerpts that were released to the media.

  • I also won't be reading this book. However, you say he's a family man, but this book will discuss the fact that he wasn't because of his extra-marital affairs. Can't have it both ways.

    People have their flaws. Nobody is perfect. Payton wasn't any different. The reason I won't buy the book is because I think it's wrong to profit off a dead man who can't defend his honor.

  • In reply to Kyle Trompeter:

    We agree that it's wrong because Walter is not here to defend himself. And I already said that everyone makes mistakes etc.... But I also said that only the Payton family knows what went on in that house. Just because the author paid somebody to say otherwise doesn't mean it's true.

  • Gabe, I'm sorry man, but this is just silly. Are we not adults? This is a biography.(which by definition should include the good and the bad-which this book does). It was written by a legitimate, respected author. What is the matter with that? Walter Payton is dead so we must never speak of him ever again? No bios, (unless they are all sunshine, rainbows, unicorns, etc), no jersey sales, no video game appearances-(because in case you didn't know people make money off of him that way as well). I've read bios on a number of historical figures-Robert Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, John Lennon, etc., and you know what's great about doing so?-You learn things, You gain perspective/insight. That, from what I've been told, is the point of non-fiction books/bios. Moreover, this idea of "let him rest in peace", is just silly and childish. First off, if there's a god-he's doing just fine. If there's not a god, he's none the wiser. But I digress.

  • In reply to koolking83:

    My main opposition to the book is that Walter is not here to defend or explain himself.

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    I love Walter Payton as much as the next person, he was an inspiring person in football and in Chicago. While I agree in respecting a person's right to privacy, I do think that the point of the book was to give everyone an honest and valid portrayal of Walter's life. I feel Jeff Pearlman's point in bringing up up these events was to reiterate the problems football players face after they retire, not as a way of exposing the skeletons in Walter's closet. I will take Walter's family at their word that some of these events are greatly exaggerated but I feel that the book tries to help us get to know Walter as a whole person and I can say, after getting to know that whole person - flaws and all - I admire Walter MORE than I did when I picked up the book.

  • In reply to Kate the Owlhearted:

    I can respect your opinion. But again, I don't feel right that he's not here to stand up for himself.

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    In reply to Gabe Salgado:

    95% of the biographies out there are written about people who cannot defend themselves. Your logic doesn't wash. It's like saying that children should not learn history because the historical subjects are not here to defend themselves.

  • In reply to Kate the Owlhearted:

    I didn't know logic could wash.... But not all biographies portray those people in a negative light. And so far from what was released to the press, the book seems like nothing but negativity.

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