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Never Die Easy: The Autobiography of Walter Payton

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"Never die easy. Why run out of bounds and die easy? Make that linebacker pay. It carries into all facets of your life. It's okay to lose, to die, but don't die without trying, without giving it your best."

His legacy is towering. Walter Payton—the man they called Sweetness, for the way he ran—remains the most prolific running back in the history of the National Football L
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 11th 2001 by Random House Trade Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2000)
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Jun 09, 2009 added it
This book was very inspirational. This book pushes you to become a better person and a better athlete. His life was based on giving and never turning his back on other people. The story is about how Walter Payton's life effected everyone eleses around him. I chose to read this book because I like Walter Payton as a player and never really looked to see how he was while he was living and after he retired.
Dayton Simpson
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I noticed straight off the bat that this book was going to be emotional. He uses really deep feeling and detail. You can tell he has great memory. I thought it was funny when he said that he started playing football just to impress girls and get their attention. Now to see his legacy today its pretty incredible. One of the best running backs the NFL has ever seen, one of the best we may ever see.
I wonder how his career would have shaped out on another team. Would he have still been that succe
Nov 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never Die Easy is a great book that tells the different stories of the great Walter Payton. This book is written by Walter’s friends, family, coaches, teammates, and people that were close to one of the greatest football players ever. One story tells about how walter was never looking for the sidelines and how he would rather run over a linebacker, than take the open sideline. Another story tells about how Walter had to run nearly three miles to and from practice every day and how he never touc ...more
Michael Prescott
I read the autobiography of Walter Payton knowing a lot about him already, but not much about his personal life and work ethic. He created a reputation as a nice, genuine person, which along with his immense running ability, earned him the nickname "Sweetness." I really enjoyed the personal aspects of the book, such as his description of the struggles of going to a newly-integrated High School in Mississippi, and the racism that surrounded him. A big part of Payton's life was the work ethic that ...more
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
inspirational book-even if you are not a Bears fan...Walter Payton was the greatest football player of all time but he did wonderful things for children as well-if you want to appreciate a time when football players weren't all about bigger paychecks and loved the game then you will love this book-and cry as well
Barry Mann
Jul 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
I preferred the 2011 biography, a fuller picture of his life, good and bad
Jill Hurley
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any sports fan
Recommended to Jill by: My husband
Shelves: auto-biography
Good insight to the man that Walter Payton was. My husband is a huge fan & had me read this book so that I could understand why.
Haashem Malik
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Never Die Easy by Walter Payton is a biography of the life of Walter Payton and what his life was like through his ups and downs and throughout his conquering journey. One of the great things about this book is that its moral is that to work hard and to never give up and I like that part especially because my father says that all the time. This is a great book because it talks about real life situations and the real and up downs that can really occur in someones life. Not only that it talks abou ...more
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
the overall feeling from this book I got was determination and hard work.
i would recommend it to sports fans. the book revolves around football and i think sports fans would find it more appealing. walter payton born and raised in mississippi faces some challenges growing up. he always worked hard for his parents and in school. walter went to a all black school and did not step on the football field until being a junior. walter was the hardest working person everywhere he went. he later dies of
Travis H
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Walter Payton and Don Yaeger did a very good job writing this book. I love how it explains that back then, the players didn’t play for the money or the fame they played because they love the game. I also enjoyed how they talked about Payton’s point of view on the whole racial concept at that time. This is a very powerful and interesting book about Walter Payton and all of his achievements and good deeds he did in his life. It also gets sad towards the end so beware of that but it is a good touch ...more
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it
The last chapter was touching.
Chris Seals
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great book, very inspirational. If we all could be as good of a person as Walter Payton, what a fine world we would live in.
Wesley Policky
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Greatest football player ever....but even a greater human being. Quality example for young and old alike to emulate.
Jan 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Somewhat disappointing. Spent too much time talking about his death when he had such an amazing life to talk about. Wanted to hear more about that.
Jack Wallick
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
1. Never Die Easy: The Autobiography of Walter Payton
2. Walter Payton and Dan Yaeger
3. Autobiography
4. Never Die Easy is the Autobiography of Walter Payton's life. It talks about Walter growing up in the poor town of Columbia, Mississippi, where he started playing football to gain girls attention. When Walter graduated from high school he took his talents to a tiny all black college, called Jackson State. Walter quickly became one of the best football players in the country, and in 1975 the Bear
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book about a great Player, and person who gave a perfect effort his whole life, and touched everyone’s heart he came in contact with
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sports
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Brenden Torrence
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I chose this book, “Never Die Easy”, because it was an autobiography of my all time favorite NFL football player. I wanted to know more about his whole life before he died on November 1, 1999 after struggling with a rare liver disease, primary sclerosing cholangitis, for several months. I chose this also because football is my favorite sport and the story of his life is nonfictional. To me, Walter Payton was the greatest football player in the history of the NFL based on this book and what peopl ...more
Matthew Hess
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In "Never Die Easy" Walter Payton and Don Yaeger discuss the life, football career and death of

the young and athletic Walter Payton. The reader sees the young Payton develop as a football star in high

school and at Jackson State. The book follows the mature man develop his relationship with the Chicago

Bears organization and his path to the Super Bowl. Walter encounters the decision to retire and the

agonizing disease he develops. The weak Payton endures long months of painful treatment for his
Jaylen Weaver
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lorin Helfenstein
Period 4
Never Die Easy
The book Never Die Easy is an autobiography about Walter Peyton told by Walter Peyton, family, friends, and others that were close to him. I really enjoyed the style of this book. The book was told from different perspectives, which I found to be easy to read and it gives you more than just perspective of a story. The beginning of the book talks about Walter’s death. The next part of the book is about Walter growing up, his high school career,
Marcus Simon
May 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Ok this is my book talk. Ok so this book is kinda of hard to follow becuase of how it jumps around. So at the beginning of it it is telling about Walters last few days on earth. The doctors had said that Walters kidnees have failed, and that the only way for Walter to stay alive is for him to get a kidnee transplant. So they go and sign him up for one. But the thing is as they were waiting for him to get one the doctors said that there has been other things in walters body that have failed. And ...more
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Never Die Easy: The Autobiography of Walter Payton

In the non-fiction true story Never Die Easy: The Autobiography of Walter Payton by Walter Payton, Don Yaeger is about his life growing up and his football career. The main character of this book is Walter Payton he grew up poor in Mississippi and was interest in one thing just like any other boy is, girls. He was very interested in them but he thought the only reason he thought he could get them is if he played football. He started to play the g
Nov 19, 2015 added it
I like this book very much. It talks about Walter Payton's life as a child to an adult. There is a wonderful combination between feelings that the story bring out in you. Towards the end of the story is mostly just focusing on your sad emotions. Overall the book is pretty good and I believe that most of my peers will enjoy it.

Something that I really liked about the book was the story. It goes through his entire life from a child to an adult. I also liked the information it gave us on how he stay
Dec 05, 2012 added it
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Quinton Harris
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an autobiography about a legendary Chicago Bears running back and his life before his passing at such a young age. He made the game of football better to watch every Sunday for not just Bears fans but for all fan of the National Football League.

This Legendary running backs names is Walter Payton. Walter Payton was the heart and soul of the Chicago Bears during his career there demonstrating what hard work,intense training, and being a team-player could do. Also this talks about his
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book showed me alot about football and comparing it to my personal life itself. Walter payton was one of the best laid back football players of all time history. He went by the name of sweetness because he played so smoothly and scored alot of touchdowns easily. As a child he grew up in poverty and wanted to get out and provide for his family. During his football career, he ended up catching liver cancer but still kept playing without anyone knowing his sickness.

He got the title "Never Die
Carlos Peterson
Oct 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Walter Payton was adored through out the NFL in his 12 year career with the Chicago Bears but the NFL's man of steel found out that metal eventually rusts. In the heart felt and inspiring story of the greatest football player of all time it describes how much Payton meant to the people around him and the type of person he was. One of the most important people in the book was Connie Payton, his wife, whom was there and supported Walter through out his illness. The author, Don Yaeger, truly got in ...more
Rardy Rarn
Rardy Rarn
English 9

Never die Easy

This story is about a NFL superstar (Walter Payton) describing how is life went and how he became a superstar. The main characters were Walter Payton, Brittney Payton, Eddie Payton, Jarrett Payton. The plot developed by having Walter Payton getting drafted by the Chicago Bears and him going into the Hall Of Fame. " Once you get out of the game, the truth is you lose a lot of relationships"

I recommend this book to athletes who love these type of genres. This boo
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“If you ask me how I want to be remembered, it is as a winner. You know what a winner is? A winner is somebody who has given his best effort, who has tried the hardest they possibly can, who has utilized every ounce of energy and strength within them to accomplish something. It doesn't mean that they accomplished it or failed, it means that they've given it their best. That's a winner.” 29 likes
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