Never Die Easy : The Autobiography of Walter Payton by Don Yaeger and Walter Payton (2001, Paperback)

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Never Die Easy

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Never Die Easy : The Autobiography of Walter Payton

English

ISBN: 0375758216

EAN: 9780375758218

Category: Sports & Recreation / Football

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Release Date: 09/01/2001

Synopsis: The national bestseller, now in paperback, is the posthumous autobiography ofone of the most admired and respected athletes of our time. Copyright ? Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

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Reviews (14)

  • SlapShot62
    3 years, 9 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    3.0 / 5.0

    Unlike Payton's football skills, the book is good, but not great. Payton was a phenomenal football player and a favorite of mine during my teens and 20s. I so looked forward to reading this book and am glad I did. Though it is not a great book, it offers a solid portrayal of the player and the man. It is thought provoking and inspirational, while covering the course of this NFL great's life.

  • JOrdank
    3 years, 11 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    Never Die Easy is a very inspiring book being a football player myself Walter Payton is a hero to me not only what he did on the field but off the field as well. On the field Walter Payton played every play as if it were to be his last and that mentality drove him to be the best running back in the NFL. People called him "Sweetness" and he lived up to it at one time having every running back record to his name and 9 pro-bowls and 2 time NFL player of the year and super bowl XX champion. Walter suffered from a rare liver disease that weakened his body to beyond repair but that never bothered him and still lived each day as it were is last. Walter Paytons legacy is not that he was one of the greates running backs in history its the fact that he did his best and gave it his all and never gave up even when he was dieng when the doctors said that they could not help him he did not let that bother him and he stayed happy until his dying breath on November 1st 1999.Walter Payton did not die only his body he still lives with us in our hearts and whoever enjoys the game of football that he touched us all one way or another and for that he will never be forgotten

  • craig77
    5 years, 6 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    Great insight into Walter Payton's football talents. Always interested in what makes wonderful people "tick", and Walter Payton bares his soul in this book (he would pass away soon after writing it). Great advice on how to live life and how to look at life from Walter Payton, a dying man in his last days. Also great insight into his training habits and motivating factors that turned him into one of the best running backs in NFL history. I loved this book and would recommend it.

  • Anonymous
    6 years, 3 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    I read Never Die Easy, an amazing autobiography by Walter Payton, Don Yaeger and the people closest to him. This nonfiction autobiography provided one of the most inspirational stories I have ever read. This book talks about Walter Payton¿s life and what he did that made him so memorable. The theme (also the title) of this book, ¿Never Die Easy,¿ means that one should never give up and never give in to pain. This novel ranks as one of the best books I have ever read. An argument I have about the book occurs on page 63. It stated that ¿Sports allowed you to be accepted.¿ For average or good players the statement holds true, but it does not for untalented players such as Kyle Orton and most of the recent Bears quarterbacks. The untalented players mess up and get yelled at often, so they are not accepted. Another argument I had about the book included the section where Walter Payton lied to the press about his illness. ¿¿I made a comment that I was doing a lot of running, training for a marathon, which was me being my typical jokester self¿¿ (211). Walter Payton should have admitted he had become very sick instead of misleading people. There were many parts I especially liked in this book. Walter and his charity organization held a Thanksgiving dinner. At one point, a little boy went up to him in tears because he had never seen Santa Clause. ¿He looked at Walter and said, ¿I can¿t believe it I cant believe Santa Claus is here and that Santa would come all the way from the North Pole just to see me.¿¿ Walter, a professional football player, took time off of Thanksgiving to make children like this little boy feel so happy. Another issue the book brings up consists of Walter being sick and dying. The fact that nature would do that to such an athletic and enthusiastic role model seems horrible. ¿The man known as sweetness was at once sad and sickly.¿ (211) Walter did nothing to deserve such a devastating disease. One connection I made from this book was Walter¿s style of playing. I saw him play in a movie I saw at football camp and this book matched his presence completely. ¿The fact that Walter survived thirteen years in the league, missing only one game, especially the beating that a running back takes, it¿s probably the most amazing thing.¿ (86). It also reminds me of the movie Rambo, where he overcomes all sorts of challenging situations. Walter and John Rambo, were both some of the best in the world at what they did. This book has affected me by making me realize that I should give 110% effort. I am a huge football fan and enjoy playing the game, so this book has given me a new respect for it best players. Of all the great sports novels, this ranks at the top of the list.

  • Anonymous
    6 years, 4 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    4.0 / 5.0

    I did a report on Walter and this book helped a lot. I got all the information about Walter that I needed and even more that I did not expect. Walter is my idol and i have learned so much from this book. It is a shame cancer took him.

  • Anonymous
    6 years, 10 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    4.0 / 5.0

    Walter Payton¿s life was very much lived to the fullest. As Don Yaeger (The Author) tells the story of Walter¿s life it very much had an encouraging effect on me to never give up. This autobiography starts from Walter¿s early life as a child growing up in a separate but equal type of environment, through when he goes to the NFL to play for the Bears and end with Walter¿s tragic and very sudden . Never die Easy is a very good way to live your life and this shows throughout the book how Walter never gave up even when he was dying he kept on truckin¿. In this autobiography, There are many different characters so there were many different views on Walter¿s life which were all positive. The way this book was put together made me never want to put it down. This story earned 4 start from me.

  • Anonymous
    7 years, 6 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    4.0 / 5.0

    When i first came to my school i had to find a book this book was the first one that cought my attention. I started reading this book and i liked it form the beging. I liked learning how he lived when he was younger and how he became to be a perfessional football player. I love his determination and how strong willed he is. He worked hard no matter what was wrong with him i never gave up he gave everything his all thats what i like about this story. I think that people that like football or that admire Walter should read this book, also young boys that love to play football too i think it would give them a good veiw on a football players life.

  • Anonymous
    11 years, 7 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    Seneca said, \"He will live ill who does not know how to die well\". Walter Payton was a role model for us all. He was the greatest of the great and had all the reason to act the part. He didn't. He gave to charity and he gave of himself. Even when he was dying. Walter Payton never blamed anyone, never doubted his faith and didn't die easy. I think in Senaca's eyes, Walter Payton lived well.

  • Anonymous
    12 years, 7 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    4.0 / 5.0

    its a great book, showing how a young black male from Columbia Mississippi can become the worlds greatest running backs. I absorbed a lot from this book. its good

  • Anonymous
    8 years, 10 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    I enjoyed this book alot because of the wat it was oarganised. It was easy to understand with the different peoples views and experiences. It tells of a man who overcomes his problems and his dreams. He was raised in a disciplind but loving family. He worked hard and never took the easy way out. I would recomend this book to people that enjoy sports,real life, and inspiring stories. His teamates and coaches loved his will to succeed and to never give up.

  • Anonymous
    10 years, 4 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    4.0 / 5.0

    Walter Payton teams with Don Yaeger to tell the story of his life from his childhood all the way until his death. This book is well-written and easily understood. Never Die Easy has a wide cast of characters each giving their point of veiw of Walter and his acheivements. This autobiography ranges from Walter's early life as a teen in Mississippi, his stardom on the gridiron at Chicago and his tragic death. The way Walter and his accomplishments are described in this book makes me not want to put it down. I gave this book 4 stars.

  • Anonymous
    10 years, 7 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    I am not that big of a reader but what 14 is but I am a die hard bears fan. I never real got to see 'Sweetness' run and own the football every sunday. But after reading the book it inspired my so in football I went from a 3rd string center and a 4th string nose-tackle to a 2nd string center to a starting nose-tackle and the captin at our last game. So I recamond this book to everyone! GO BEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous
    10 years, 9 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    This was a great book to read! It not only talked about Walter Payton as a football star, but the tremendous person he was off the field. (Its too bad there aren't more players like him in professional sports today). I also liked how different people told stories or added insight on the Walter they knew. This is definately a great book for not only Bears fans, but all sports fans.

  • Anonymous
    11 years, 2 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    I enjoyed the book Never Die Easy very much. This book is about Walter Payton¿s life on and off the field. The book talks about the illness that he had and how he fought against it. This book also talks about the way he played the game and how he go the nickname ¿Sweetness.¿ John Madden made the comment that he was the greatest running back of all time. I agree that he is one of the greatest people to play the game. He did not play the game for the money, though. Walter played football because he loved it so much. I would recommended Never Die Easy to anyone who anyone who wants to learn about the life of Walter Payton.