Holiday shoppers searching for the perfect gift for the football fans on their lists need not look further than Monday, Dec. 12, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Packers Pro Shop where Connie Payton, widow of the great Walter Payton, and Bonita Favre, mother of Packers quarterback Brett Favre, will be signing the biographies "PAYTON" and "FAVRE," respectively.
The signing marks the fourth appearance for Bonita Favre, with each previous signing attracting a strong contingent of fans.
"PAYTON," written by Connie and Walter's two children, Jarrett and Brittney, captures the life of an on-field superstar who wanted most to be the consummate team player. He was a man who left everything on the field, always put family first and committed himself to giving back to the community. The man known as "Sweetness" was described by Mike Ditka as "the best football player, ever, period."
The book features an exclusive introduction by fellow Mississippian and NFL great Brett Favre.
The book also includes a DVD with NFL Films' "Pure Payton," a collection of extraordinary highlights of Walter Payton's football career. This DVD, exclusive to the book, offers striking, never-before-seen footage of Payton both on and off the field.
Both books are available for purchase at the Pro Shop with "PAYTON" priced at $29.95 and "FAVRE" priced at $22.95. Each sale of "FAVRE" will result in a $4 donation going to hurricane relief.
Connie Norwood Payton co-chairs the Walter and Connie Payton Foundation, a nonprofit charity supporting the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services' care for thousands of abandoned and neglected children. Since Walter's passing, Connie broadened the Foundation's charitable scope to include cancer awareness and organ donor initiatives. She is the author of Stronger Than Cancer: Treasured Insights from the Hearts and Homes of Families Fighting Cancer. Connie continues to live in the suburbs of Chicago.
"FAVRE" and "PAYTON" both are co-published by the National Football League and Rugged Land LLC. "FAVRE" previously spent 14 weeks on the New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Best-Seller List.