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.
Just beautiful! He was so much more than a player on the field. A must read for so many people, not just nfl/Walter fansPublished 1 month ago by SG
Amazing book! Brought me close to Sweetness than I ever thought I would be. I highly recommend this bookPublished 1 month ago by Bill Oden
I was completely (and pleasantly) surprised with this book. Initially I thought "Oh boy - this is going to be a tear-jerker", but it never came close to that. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael Hipius
Having been a Payton fan in earlier years I wanted to learn more about the man. This book allowed me to find out things about him that no sports show could have ever done.Published 3 months ago by Craig
I did not like the way this was written. I have troubles reading and have a 9th grade reading level. I think it is okay and tells you other peoples prospective of Walter Payton. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Andres Trujillo
My husband really enjoyed this book. I bought it as a gift for him, and he is a HUGE Payton fan...not such a huge fan of reading much past the sports page. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Cathy the Domestic Engineer
Highly recommended for any fan of sports, passion, dedication, or benevolence. If you dont have a tear in your eye after you read Walter's son Jarrett's part, you have something... Read morePublished 12 months ago by HolyCanoli