By Mark Vermilion
Back in the eighties, I worked as a part-time sports writer for a local newspaper as I paid my way through college. Most of the time, I covered local high-school and college basketball and football games, but sometimes I got to cover major NCAA and pro sports events.
One of my best assignments was covering a Chicago Bears football game just a few months before Bears’ running back Walter Payton broke the NFL career rushing record. I interviewed Payton for a sidebar article I wrote to accompany the game article. It focused on the factors that had