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NFL exposés: Walter Payton, Peter Gent

"North Dallas Forty" author's death coincides with new Payton biography release

Originally Published: October 4, 2011
By Jeff MacGregor | ESPN.com

There is a convulsive outbreak of weepy hysteria among football fanatics this week -- and I don't just mean Jets fans. So a fast couple of words on greatness and weakness and pain, on sweetness and light, on telling the truth and saying goodbye, on art and love and the making of both, on institutional amnesia and weapons-grade nostalgia.

As the Buddha -- who must have spent some time on an NFL medical staff -- once said, "Life is suffering."

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