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In his blood

It wasn't hard to spot the coach in Sean Payton from an early age

Updated: February 4, 2010, 5:18 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

Sean Payton likes to dole out credit to those who have influenced his career, from Randy Walker to Bill Walsh to Jon Gruden to Bill Parcells.

He gives his old high school coach a headset on the sideline of training camp for a few days each year and lets him sit in on quarterback meetings.

Payton even threw a shout-out to Mike Ditka recently for the three weeks or so the coach abused him as a Spare Bear in 1987.

"He valued confrontation," Payton said, making ...

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