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Default RIP Walter Payton!!!

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We do the story on the air, and i'm doing my voiceover, and they show a shot of Walter, and i say, gee look at Walter, man he looks like Ghandi, i think i can take him. Haha.

It made him feel like someone stabbed him in the heart, it devastated him, because the media never attacked him before, they had never said anything negative.

My style on the air, i'm a real wise guy, and this really came back to bite me. i was absolutely devastated. i tried to call Walter immediately, but he was too upset to come to the phone.

The people who were making jokes, and who said all these other things, i don't think they had a clue, you know, out of ignorance sometimes we do say things.

Walter sobbing: To the people that really care about me, just continue to pray. And to those who are gonna say what they want to say, may GOD be with you also.

He leads a great, and exemplary football life, and now he feels that because this is America, we demand to know every single thing about every single celebrity, that a guy who has always shown us the best, of himself and his sport, has to call a press conference, to reassure us that he didn't get this disease by doing something bad. He said pray for me, and you know what, i'm thinking, pray for us all!!!

One night in my office i'm working on the show, and the phone rings, and it's this familair little elfish voice saying you're sure a hard man to get ahold of. And i said oh Walter, and he said hey look man, voice trembles, hey you didn't know, you had no way of knowing, and iv'e known you for 17 years and hey you know i forgive you, forget about it. i was just very emotional at the time and couldn't talk with you. i hung up the phone and i was just absolutely stunned again, here's a man who knew at that time that he was dying, and he went out of his way to call me, and forgive me. That's one of the greatest gifts i have ever received in my life.

At the cubs home opener in 1999, Payton threw out the ceromonial first pitch. What nobody knew, not even Payton was that he was making his very last public appearance.

RIP Sweetness!!!
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