Tuesday, October 18, 2011


From Chris Hornbostel, in reference to last week's post about Walter Payton:
Payton's last full season at Jackson State was 1974. That was Campbell's freshman year, which was solid but didn't have him quite on the map yet. Campbell graduated after the 1977 season. Billy Sims, meanwhile, had a redshirt season in 1975, then took a medical redshirt after hurting his knee in '76. He played off the bench in '77, and then won the Heisman in 1978 and had another huge season in '79. In other words, a couple of those fellows played concurrently, but their each had his respective rise to greatness almost consecutively as things happened.

That is some seriously impressive, old-school, Big 8/SWC knowledge.

By the way, I finished the book (Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton), and it was just outstanding. What a terrific, nuanced examination of a brilliant and troubled individual.

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