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And Another Thing

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Walter Payton during warm-ups before his final game against the then Los Angeles Raiders in December 1987.

The book on Walter

So let me get this straight: Jeff Pearlman's new biography of Walter Payton -- a man who used his body as a blunt instrument for years in the NFL, a league that essentially survives on the use of painkillers -- reveals that Sweetness might have abused painkillers.

Gee. What a shocker.

Oh, yes, and, like God knows how many others, he might have battled depression and thoughts of suicide at some point in his life.

Wow. Stunning.

Oh, yes, and he might have not been altogether faithful to his wife.

So to sum up: Like 100 percent of all of us, he was a flawed human being. Though not nearly as flawed as some.

Stop the presses.

Ben Smith's blog.