The Sweetness book giveaway results …

Congrats to Kevin Toland and Jonathan Joyce. They both snagged signed copies of Sweetness. Mazel Tov …

1. How old was Walter Payton when he died?


2. Name four college teammates of Walter’s who wound up in the NFL.

Rickey Young, Robert Brazile, Jerome Barkum, Leon Gray, Ed Hardy, Wilbert Montgomery, Eddie Payton, Vernon Perry, Rodney Phillips, Ernie Richardson, Jackie Slater, John Tate, Roscoe Word, Emanuel Zanders.

3. When Walter Payton broke Jim Brown’s all-time rushing record, what Seattle Seahawk halfback was also in pursuit?

Franco Harris

4. Walter was one of two Bears to be blue-screened into the Super Bowl Shuffle video Who was the other one?

Jim McMahon

5. What is Eddie Payton’s NFL claim to fame?

Two returns for touchdowns on Monday Night Football.

6. Walter Payton considered returning to the NFL two years after he retired. What team was he thinking of joining?

Miami Dolphins

7. Walter was the fourth pick of the 1975 NFL Draft. Who were the three players chosen ahead of him?

Steve Bartkowski, Randy White, Ken Huff

8. How many Bears offensive linemen were Pro Bowlers between 1975-79?


9. What quarterback started Walter’s first game for the Bears?

Bobby Douglass

10. What advice did Willie Gault offer to Walter to make him a faster runner?

Shorten/adjust his stride

Tie-breaker: One sentence—why do Hall & Oates belong/not belong in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame?

2 thoughts on “The Sweetness book giveaway results …”

  1. Jeff,
    I finished up the book last night and wanted to pass along my regards. I can’t recall a more tightly written and expertly edited sports book. I often find myself getting jarred out of the story by inconsistencies in narrative or repetition of anecdotes. That was not the case at all with Sweetness.

    Well, almost not the case at all. In the college section there were tales of plane trips to LA and one other place. Later you indicated he had only been on a plane once when he flew up for that college visit.

    I wish I wouldn’t notice those things when I read, but too many years as an auditor has negatively impacted my internal wirings.

    Anyways, thanks again for the book and all the best in the future.

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