WBEZ | Walter Payton http://www.wbez.org/tags/walter-payton Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 'Afternoon Shift' #190: Sweet shadow http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2012-11-15/afternoon-shift-190-sweet-shadow-103865 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Walter Payton flickr.jpg" alt="" /><p><script src="http://storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-190-sweet-shadow.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="http://storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-190-sweet-shadow" target="_blank">View the story "'Afternoon Shift' #190: Sweet shadow " on Storify</a>]<h1>'Afternoon Shift' #190: Sweet shadow </h1><h2>The Better Government Association boys return to field questions and concerns about local government. 'Curious City' goes all graphic novel on this week's question about neighborhood formation. And Walter Payton's older brother, Eddie, talks about life in Sweetness's shadow.</h2><p>Storified by &middot; Thu, Nov 15 2012 11:12:13</p><div>#Sweetness#WalterPayton#Best#RunningBack#Chicago#Legend#Carlos_Lopez</div><div>Remembering crime reporter Jim Agnew by WBEZRick Kogan remembers &quot;one of the literary scene's unseen and unsung masters.&quot;</div><div>AndyShaw and Alden Loury of the <a href="http://www.bettergov.org/" class="">Better Government Association</a> return to give tipsto, and answer questions from, listeners trying to deal with the complexitiesand oddities of our local governmental bodies.Call 312-923-9239 or join the discussion on Twitter #AfternoonShift<br></div><div>The Better Government Association answers your calls about local government by WBEZAndy Shaw and Alden Loury of the Better Government Association return to give tips to, and answer questions from, listeners trying to dea...</div><div>House Speaker Dennis Hastert used little-known gov't office to conduct private business, costing taxpayers $1.8M. http://www.bettergov.org/blogs/morning_watch/morning_watch_-_november_14/Andy Shaw</div><div>Derrick Smith trial date tentatively set for Oct. 21, 2013Tony Arnold</div><div>Today's 3@3 panel consists of Angela Caputo of The Chicago Reporter and WXRT's Mary Dixon. They talk about an embezzlement case in Mary Dixon's home town...Dixon, IL and the latest round of Michelin ratings. <br></div><div>Our 3@3 panel talks embezzlement and foodies by WBEZToday's 3@3 panel consists of Angela Caputo of The Chicago Reporter and WXRT's Mary Dixon. They talk about an embezzlement case in Mary D...</div><div>U.S. Attorney: Ex-Dixon comptroller to plead guilty todayFormer Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell plans to plead guilty Wednesday to a federal fraud charge that alleges she siphoned more than $53...</div><div>Chicago chefs boast Michelin ratingsThe official annoucement won&amp;#39;t come until Wednesday. But Tuesday afternoon, Chicago chefs took to Twitter to brag about their new Mic...</div><div>Chicago is known as a city of neighborhoods. Well one curious citizen wanted to know how, when and why that happened. So the <a href="http://curiouscity.wbez.org" class="">Curious City</a> gang came to the rescue! And this week, they included some comic relief in their sleuthing. <br></div><div>Curious City: What's in a (neighborhood) name? by WBEZChicago is known as a city of neighborhoods. Well one curious citizen wanted to know how, when and why that happened. So the Curious City...</div><div>WBEZ : Curious City : Kathy Has A QuestionFor the best experience please use the latest Chrome, Safari or Firefox browser.</div><div>@WBEZCuriousCity @KatieKlocksin So what’s up with Chicago being the “City of Neighborhoods”? http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/question-answered-how-are-chicago-neighborhoods-formed-103831Scott Klocksin</div><div>Man, I love @wbezCuriousCity. Check out this non-fiction comic about #chicago neighborhooods: http://tmblr.co/ZeKaPyXGgsapTricia Bobeda</div><div><p>Walter Payton is arguably themost celebrated and beloved athlete in Chicago sports history. Sweetness’sgreatness was much bigger than his small frame--so too was the shadow he cast.Walter’s older brother, Eddie, shares his own candid account of the life andlegacy of #34 in his new book, <b><i>Walter &amp; Me: Standing in the Shadow ofSweetness</i>.</b></p></div><div>Eddie Payton, Walter's brother, shares story of life in new book by WBEZWalter Payton is arguably the most celebrated and beloved athlete in Chicago sports history. Sweetness's greatness was much bigger than h...</div><div>Eddie Payton's eulogy of his brother, Walter Paytonsweetnessbook</div></noscript></p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 13:07:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2012-11-15/afternoon-shift-190-sweet-shadow-103865 Jarrett Payton on his father Walter's legacy http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/jarrett-payton-his-father-walters-legacy <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2010-November/2010-11-04/paytonRESIZE.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>One of the most famous 1985 Bears was of course <a href="http://www.bearshistory.com/lore/walterpayton.aspx" target="_blank">Walter Payton</a>. Sweetness was also one of the smoothest, greatest football players of all time. He captured the hearts of fans for 13 seasons.</p><p>The Pro Football Hall of Fame inducted him in 1993, as soon as he was eligible.</p><p>In his speech, Payton vowed to apply the energy he used to chase after Jim Brown and Gale Sayers toward ensuring his children&rsquo;s happiness.</p><p>And before his death in 1999, Payton and his wife Connie secured their commitment to many children, with the Walter and Connie Payton Foundation.</p><p>Their mission continues with Walter&rsquo;s son Jarrett Payton. He came back to Chicago this year to play for the <a href="http://www.searscentre.com/teams/chicago-slaughter/" target="_blank">Slaughter </a>in the Indoor Football League.</p><p>When he&rsquo;s not playing football, visiting area schools or calling Comcast&rsquo;s High School Game of the Week, Jarrett Payton mans a mic on <a href="http://www.chicagolandsportsradio.com/" target="_blank">Chicagoland Sports Radio</a>.</p></p> Thu, 04 Nov 2010 15:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/jarrett-payton-his-father-walters-legacy Richard Dent may be the last Bear with a legitimate shot at the Hall of Fame (present players excluded) http://www.wbez.org/jkaufmann/2010/02/richard-dent-may-be-the-last-bear-with-a-legitimate-shot-at-the-hall-of-fame-present-players-excluded/14817 <p><a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//AP8510220281.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-14820" title="Bears Packers 1985" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//AP8510220281.jpg" alt="" width="512" height="337" /></a> With the political news and the Super Bowl dominating the news headlines last weekend, we missed a very big story. <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-0207-richard-dent-hall-of-fame-bea20100206,0,5643664.story" target="_blank">Former Chicago Bears Defensive End Richard Dent was snubbed once again by the NFL Hall of Fame</a>. But don't compare Richard Dent to Ron Santo. Dent has the goods. He is at the top of almost all applicable stat categories and he brings a Super Bowl XX MVP award to the table. Yet, he has been passed up this year, as the Hall went with Vikings' Defensive Tackle John Randle and Saints' Defensive End Ricky Jackson. So why is the 'Sackman' not getting in? Is it politics? Was Dent disliked by sportswriters? Or maybe, Dent didn't have big enough cheerleaders arguing for him.<!--break--> I talked with former NFL writer Don Pierson. Pierson covered the Bears for years for the Chicago Tribune and also served as the President of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro_Football_Writers_Association" target="_blank">Pro-Football Writers Association</a>, which is the body that votes. I started the conversation by asking how the NFL Hall voting is different than other sports: <a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//pierson1.mp3">pierson1</a> So why not Dent? Was he a jerk in the clubhouse? Did he have problems with the media? What is going against Richard Dent? <a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//pierson2.mp3">pierson2</a> Another problem might be Dent's age. Many of the newer sports writers weren't around to watch him play. <a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//pierson3.mp3">pierson3</a> But at the end of the day, are there Dent-haters out there? <a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//pierson4.mp3">pierson4</a> It occurred to both of us at the end of the interview that this may very well be the last Chicago Bear to have a chance at the Hall of Fame. He mentioned Jay Hilgenberg and Jim Covert, but both of those players haven't come close to the final cut. After those names, the next two decades witnessed mediocre Chicago Bears' teams and players, none of which have a chance to make the NFL Hall of Fame (current players excluded).‚  Maybe Urlacher will turn a few more seasons into a Hall of Fame career, but did he have as big of an impact as Richard Dent? What do you think? Should Dent be in the Hall of Fame by now?</p> Thu, 11 Feb 2010 16:34:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/jkaufmann/2010/02/richard-dent-may-be-the-last-bear-with-a-legitimate-shot-at-the-hall-of-fame-present-players-excluded/14817