I am a huge Walter Payton and Bears fan, and he was a huge hero of mine when I was growing up in Chicago. I believe he is the greatest football player to ever play in the NFL.
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.