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In the first definitive biography written about Payton, author and veteran “Sports Illustrated” columnist Jeff Pearlman digs deeply into the Chicago Bears’ most prolific running back’s life, football career, and untimely death at age 45. At only 5’10” tall, Payton not only held the NFL’s records for most career rushing yards, carries, touchdowns, all-purpose yards and more—an impressive feat in and of itself—Mike Ditka once described him as one of the greatest football players and human beings he’d ever seen.

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