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Walter Payton Biography - Never Die Easy

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Joe Quinlan 104 English 4/1/06 "Never die easy. Why would you run out of bounds and die easy? Make that linebacker pay. It carries to all facets of life. It's o.k. to lose, to die, but don't die without trying, without giving it your best." This words inspired me in my own life. I believe that Walter Payton is a great role model because he is a great football player and is a great person through his good works and kindness. He shows this by his exceptional skill on and off of the football field. Walter Payton was born in Columbia, Mississippi on July 25, 1954. He was born to an average poor family with his sister Pam, his brother, Eddie, and his father and mother. ...read more.


During the summer, Walter would always get into trouble with his brother Eddie. Walters mother, Connie Payton, in order to stop Walter from getting into any trouble would order piles and piles of piles of dirt and would force Walter and Eddie to get wheelbarrows full of that dirt to spread around in the gardens. They would sometimes spend hours a day doing that. "That was the hardest work of all" ,says Walter, "spreading the dirt around would build me up so much, there were no weights needing to be lifted".( Never Die Easy .19) Walter attended high school in John J. Jefferson High, an all black school. It was right next to the all white school, Columbia High. ...read more.


That's when the two schools, Jefferson, and Columbia integrated. Nobody was too anxious to integrate. They just thought they were going to get treated like dirt at the other school and nobody would speak to each other. Walter, though was excited to show off his skills. During the first practice of the season for the new Columbia High, Walter was called into a play. They coach called in also one of the best linebackers on the high school team in. He was a senior and nobody could get past him. The ball was hiked and Walter just ran. The next thing you knew, the senior was laying on the ground shocked. He could not believe that a junior could knock him down. That is when he realized that football was going to be in his life for a lot longer than he could ever imagine. ...read more.

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