Being the son of Walter Payton can be a blessing and a curse.
Expectations always have been over the top for Jarrett Payton, who signed a contract June 6 with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.
Before heading into a team meeting recently, Jarrett reflected on what his father’s reaction might have been if he were alive this Father’s Day.
“I think he would be so proud of me,” Payton, 28, said. “He always taught me that you never give up and you go until you can’t go anymore. I had this opportunity and I just said: ‘You know what, I am going to try this one more time. If it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t. But I am going to give my all and leave everything out on the field.’ ”