Saturday, May 13, 2017

Bears' legendary running back Walter Payton was addicted to Vicodin and nitrous oxide, was severely depressed, and struggled with visions of multiple murder and suicide after he retired.

this hurts me to read this. I am a Packers fan, but I used to love Walter play. He had such strength and grace. It was amazing.

Looks like he was suffering from all of the classic symptoms of CTE. It just kills me reading stuff like this. Makes me not want to even watch football anymore sometimes.

An excerpt of "Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton," by Jeff Pearlman, will appear in the Oct. 3 issue of Sports Illustrated, and describes the Hall of Famer as suicidal, abusing pain medication and dealing with a crumbling family situation.

Payton, who retired after the 1987 season as the then-all-time leading rusher in NFL history, was depressed and suicidal in the mid-1990s. Pearlman cites a letter from Payton to a friend, in which Payton said he imagined himself killing those around him and then turning a gun on himself.

Submitted May 13, 2017 at 01:24PM by Bluest_waters
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