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Book describes troubled Walter Payton

Updated: September 29, 2011, 5:20 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

They called him Sweetness, but Chicago Bears great Walter Payton had a dark side, according to a biography to be released Oct. 4.

An excerpt of "Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton," by Jeff Pearlman, will appear in the Oct. 3 issue of Sports Illustrated, and describes the Hall of Famer as suicidal, abusing pain medication and dealing with a crumbling family situation.

Payton, who retired after the 1987 season as the then-all-time leading rusher in NFL history, was depressed ...

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