Walter Payton Abused Painkillers; Legendary Bears Running Back Also Battled Depression (VIDEO)

New Book: Walter Payton Abused Painkillers

New Book: Walter Payton Abused Painkillers

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Sept. 29 2011 1:10 PM

New Book: Walter Payton Abused Painkillers

Walter Payton is trending on reports of his long-term abuse of painkillers, including a topical gel used mainly on horses.

An upcoming book about the Chicago Bears’ legendary running back by best-selling author Jeff Pearlman reveals details many loyal fans would rather have left alone—extramarital affairs, dark bouts of depression, and suicidal tendencies among them. The NFL named its Man of the Year award after the much beloved Payton, who died of a rare liver disease in 1999.