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Walter Payton

Do Unto Others…
They know character is defined by the way they treat those who cannot help them

In the fall of 1993, a prominent Chicago personality decided to host a Thanksgiving dinner benefiting 650 underprivileged children. As part of the program, Santa and Mrs. Claus, Frosty the Snowman and the Easter Bunny were invited to join the kids that night.

As he was waiting in line, one little boy began to cry. The host went to him immediately and asked him what was wrong. “I can’t believe it,” the boy said. “I can’t believe Santa Claus is here and that Santa would come all the way from the North Pole just to see me.”

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One Of A Kind

After courageously battling medical troubles more severe than the public knew, the incomparable Walter Payton lost his fight for life at age 45

I visited Walter Payton at his house in suburban Chicago a couple of weeks ago and watched as the 45-year-old man who was one of the greatest running backs in history slowly shuffled his way into the living room. He sat beneath a vibrant portrait of himself with a group of children. There was little resemblance between the chiseled 5’10”, 202-pound Chicago Bears All-Pro in the picture and the Walter Payton I was looking at. He had lost about 65 pounds and weighed less, he told me, than he had in sixth grade. The one thing he hadn’t lost, though, was his spirit.

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