Jeff Pearlman’s biography on Walter Payton, “Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton” will be released Oct. 4 but an excerpt from his damning book has already been published in this week’s Sports Illustrated.
And the details may astound you.
Mike Ditka coached the Bears during Payton’s historic career that, some may see, was the greatest of all-time. And he doesn’t believe what was written. Nor does he feel fondly for the author.
He expressed those opinions with NBC Chicago.
Is it fair for Ditka to say he’d spit on Pearlman without even reading the book? Probably not. But you have to respect a coach sticking up for his former player – especially after all these years.
We’ll be receiving an advanced copy next week and look forward to documenting all the details.
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