ten years between tears

By strazz

November 1, 2009

Category: Sports


Tens years ago, Chicago Bears’ Hall of Famer Walter Payton died from bile duct cancer.

Less than a week after his death, I covered a memorial service for Payton at Soldier Field.

On that day,  November 6, 1999, I made a photograph of Payton’s daughter Brittney as a lone tear hung on her cheek.

Fast forward to this afternoon, when the life and career of Walter Payton was celebrated at the same Soldier Field during half time of the Bears’ win over Cleveland.

And once again, an emotional Brittney Payton shed a tear for her famous father.

All the best to you Brittney and see you in 2019.

©1999 Scott Strazzante/Copley Chicago Newspapers 

©2009 Scott Strazzante/Chicago Tribune


5 Responses to “ten years between tears”

  1. really feeling that top image scott. nice work following up

    • Thanks Ramsay!
      The 1999 event was much longer and had a lot more emotion. Today’s tribute consisted solely of the Payton family standing on the field watching a video. Still was nice though.

  2. Scott – It was a pleasure meeting you today at the game. Your eye for the human element and emotion set you far apart from other photographers; the above images being a perfect example of your skill. Keep up the amazing work and I’ll see you next Sunday!

  3. Simply beautiful

  4. Love the black & white, love the color shot…tears for her geat father!

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