The Bears had endured several losing seasons after the retirement of the iconic Gale Sayers in Payton's first game was not particularly successful; he was held to zero net rushing yards on eight attempts.
An excerpt of "Sweetness: Payton, who retired after the season as the then-all-time leading rusher in NFL history, was depressed and suicidal in the mids.
Pearlman cites a letter from Payton to a friend, in which Payton said he imagined himself killing those around him and then Walter payton a gun on himself. An upcoming book on Walter Payton paints a picture of a troubled star. Sports Illustrated "Walter would call me all the time saying he was about to kill himself, he was tired," Payton's longtime agent, Bud Holmes, said, according to SI.
He wanted to be dead.
According to the book, Payton used pain pills and liquids to deal with injuries during his playing days, and the practice continued after he retired.
Sources told Pearlman that Payton took a cocktail of Tylenol and vicodin and kept tanks of nitrous oxide in his garage. He secured several prescriptions for morphine but raised red flags with at least one pharmacist, who called police. Payton was visited by officers but received only a warning.
Even seemingly great times in Payton's life were filled with confusion, according to the book. Payton had been living apart from his wife, Connie, since his retirement, but hadn't gone public because of his desire to protect his children and his image. He had been seeing a woman for five years when he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame inand both women showed up for the ceremonies.
Four full days, and Lita not the real name of Payton's mistress and Connie were like two ships passing in the night.
If Connie was scheduled to come late, I'd make sure Lita was there early. If Connie was there early, Lita would be there late. I can't describe the horror of that trip. There was no hair-pulling. It was very civil.
He doesn't want me or the children. Recent disclosures -- some true, some untrue -- do not change this. I'm saddened that anyone would attempt to profit from these stories, many told by people with little credibility. Knowing he was going to die, Payton spent his final months hosting former Bears.
There are other guys out there killing people -- why me?
Can you imagine how strong a person he had to have been to do that? He knew he was going to die.Girls Track & Field: Payton Girls Track & Field Team won the class 2A Sectional Championship on May 11th, with points, winning by 36 points.
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NFC – San Francisco 49ers 23, Chicago Bears 0 Payton started at tailback. He had 22 rushes .
Tennis State Champions: Payton doubles tennis duo Sophie Ishiwari ('19) and Isabel Kapustka ('21) win the IHSA State Championship! Payton Football Undefeated.