After more than 45 years in sports writing, I have often been asked, “Well who’s the best football player you ever saw.”
I’m lucky. I covered the NFL’s all-time leading passer (Brett Favre), the NFL’s all-time leading receiver and scorer (Jerry Rice) and Archie Manning, patriarch of the first family of American football. All are from small-town Mississippi.
But the best, all-around football player I ever witnessed remains Walter Payton, another small-town Mississippian.He could do it all.