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Never Die Easy: The Autobiography of Walter Payton Kindle Edition
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The Payton that emerges is a man of great skill, decency, passion, and charity: a man beloved. Naturally, there's lots of football in Never Die Easy--the title comes from a saying of Payton's college coach--with eyewitness testimony provided by the likes of Mike Ditka, Mike Singletary, Jim McMahon, Franco Harris, Matt Suhey, and even Jim Brown, whose career rushing record Payton leaped over. But there is also lots of family: the voices of his wife, children, brother, and sister are heard.
But mostly, there is Walter Payton. It's his own unmistakably high-pitched voice that resonates throughout; he sets down the melody and the others harmonize. Payton was certainly astute about the game and his abilities, forthcoming both in triumph and failure--his unsuccessful attempt at winning the NFL franchise in St. Louis was a terrible post-career blow--and utterly decent. How many other superstar athletes could say, convincingly, "Too many of us only take. We don't give." Payton gave to the end--a man who died for want of an organ was willing and eager to donate his own. It was the ultimate testimony of his refined, unforgettable Sweetness. Never Die Easy offers a fair, honest, appreciative taste. --Jeff Silverman --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B000FC1JIA
- Publisher : Random House; 1st edition (January 18, 2001)
- Publication date : January 18, 2001
- Language : English
- File size : 1185 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 288 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0375758216
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #799,382 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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But I don't think much of this book.
This book has a lot of interesting quotes and stories and good information, but it is really poorly written, disjointed, and omits a lot of stories and facts that paint a fuller picture of Payton. The book largely reads as if a P.R. firm wrote the book to lionize Payton, and seeing as it's an autobiography, that really seems to be the case here. I don't know about you, but that's not a book that interests me. This book's main value is in some of the direct quotes from the various people who knew him as well as some of his quotes, but not much more than that. While there is a lot of inspiration stuff here that people may respond to, so there is in another books as well.
In my opinion, the Jeff Pearlman book is a much better read. Aside from being written considerably better, it paints a much fuller picture of Walter Payton, his generosity, faults, relationships, inspirations, worries and concerns, passions, efforts, coaches, high school and college experiences, occurrences, his time with the Bears, all of it. He's an inspiring guy who had a rich, full life on and off the field, and really, considerably more complex than he's painted to be in "Never Die Easy". Someone like that deserves more than a poorly written P.R. puff piece like this.
This book is one of the best books I have read in a very long time, I enjoyed it tremendously. Last book I enjoyed this much was "Papa Bear - The Life And Legacy Of George Halas". I will admit that it brought many tears to my eyes but I still read every word through the tear filled eyes. It just brought back so many memories of being at many of the games they talk about in the book...his record setting or breaking games especially. It also showed that he was just human...like the rest of us and that we all have faults, including Walter and the great thing is he wasn't afraid to admit it. I absolutely love the format that the book was written in, even if it wasn't in the original format they wanted to take (because his death came way to soon), to have so many views/opinions of so many of Walters family...team mates...coaches...personal staff....friends...other NFL players, etc. It gives the whole view from many directions.
I would recommend this to anyone, even if you weren't a Walter Payton fan....you will be by the time you finish this book. Can't wait to read the book by Jeff Pearlman.
The book attempts to cover every aspect of Walter's short but full life: his humble but proud upbringing in Mississippi, his dazzling college and pro career, his (premature) retirement, his up-and-down business investments (including a failed bid to own an NFL franchise), his ambitious (and often anonymous) charity work, his illness, and his untimely passing. Since Walter could not finish the book, Don Yaeger supplements Walter's interviews with comments from those who knew him best. Unfortunately, this means some sections are thinner than they probably would have been had Walter been able to give us his full story. But, in some ways, it is more effective than a first person narrative would have been as we see Walter not only as he saw himself, but also as others saw him. Really, it's the best Yaeger could do.
This is NOT a book about football. While I do wish the book spent a little more time on Walter's football career, I realize this book was meant to be about Walter Payton the man, not Walter Payton the football hero. After all, football alone did not define Walter Payton. In many ways, this is Walter's last plea. Be humble. Be grateful. Work hard. Love each other. Never give up. Never die easy. Maybe the book isn't perfect, but it's a beautiful message, isn't it?