Sweetness by Jeff Pearlman
The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton

83%

8 Critic Reviews

A highly readable warts-and-all portrait of an athletic giant...
-Kirkus

Synopsis

The first definitive biography of Chicago Bears superstar Walter Payton.

At five feet ten inches tall, running back Walter Peyton was not the largest player in the NFL, but he developed a larger-than-life reputation for his strength, speed, and grit. Nicknamed "Sweetness" during his college football days, he became the NFL's all-time leader in rushing and all-purpose yards, capturing the hearts of fans in his adopted Chicago.

Crafted from interviews with more than 700 sources, acclaimed sportswriter Jeff Pearlman has produced the first definitive biography of Payton. Sweetness at last brings fans a detailed, scrupulously researched, all-encompassing account of the legend's rise to greatness. From Payton's childhood in segregated Mississippi, where he ended a racial war by becoming the star of his integrated high school's football team, to his college years and his twelve-year NFL career, Sweetness brims with stories of all-American heroism, and covers Payton's life off the field as well. 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.

 

About Jeff Pearlman

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Jeff Pearlman is a columnist for SI.com, a former Sports Illustrated senior writer, and the critically acclaimed author of Boys Will Be Boys, The Bad Guys Won!, and Love Me, Hate Me.
 
Published August 28, 2012 by Gotham. 496 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Sweetness
All: 8 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Good
on Nov 04 2011

A highly readable warts-and-all portrait of an athletic giant...

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Book Reporter

Excellent
on Nov 17 2011

SWEETNESS captures Payton’s life in both its greatness and its flaws, and should be read by all sports fans.

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Christian Science Monitor

Excellent
on Feb 03 2012

...one of the most engaging, thoroughly researched, and frank football books imaginable.

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Cleveland.com

Below average
Reviewed by Bill Lubinger on Dec 27 2011

"Sweetness" is repetitive in spots and long. And honest. We see him sullen and moody, and just as easily as the locker room prankster, flicking earlobes and pinching behinds.

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Newcity Lit

Excellent
on Feb 28 2012

We loved him, but alas, Walter, we hardly knew ye, as Jeff Pearlman’s detailed, thoroughly researched yet also thoroughly readable biography “Sweetness” makes eminently clear.

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The American Conservative

Good
on Oct 26 2011

He exuded power balanced by grace and yes, by love. Now we know that he suffered and caused some suffering of his own. It will take more than this to make us forget that we saw him run.

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International Business Times

Good
on Oct 17 2011

Half of the truth about Payton would have been interesting, but to read the whole truth has been fascinating.

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Sports Book Review Center

Good
Reviewed by Budd Bailey on Feb 07 2013

Jeff Pearlman is never afraid to tackle biographies of flawed characters - Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens - and no doubt this look at Walter Payton won't be well received by fans. Still, it's well researched and well done.

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