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Jeff Pearlman's important book on Walter Payton is more than salacious anecdotes

Updated: October 12, 2011, 7:08 PM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Don't say you won't read it. That's all I ask.

Declaring a personal boycott on a book you haven't read is dangerous territory in a country where SAT reading scores have dropped to record lows and journalism is under attack.

I don't want get up on a bully pulpit here, but if you're a Bears fan who caught a whiff of controversy in the Sports Illustrated excerpt of "Sweetness, The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton" and declared, "I will not read this book!" please reconsider.

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