Payton in on-deck circle
When it comes to worthy causes, Jarrett Payton is all in.
When it comes to attending the Black College Football Hall of Fame induction for his late father, legendary Bears running back Walter Payton, you’ll have to deal him out.
If all this sounds like it has a cardplaying theme, there’s a reason.
Jarrett will be participating in a Chicago Slaughter Celebrity Poker Tournament from 2 p.m. to midnight Feb. 20, the date of the Hall of Fame induction in Atlanta.
The poker event at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates has a $250 buy-in with a portion of the proceeds going to the Walter and Connie Payton Foundation. Among the celebs scheduled to participate are former Bears Jim McMahon, Steve McMichael (also Jarrett’s coach with the Slaughter), Marcus Robinson and Otis Wilson and Comcast SportsNet’s Jen Patterson.
How do the running back’s poker skills stack up against his football skills?
‘‘I do not play cards at all,’’ Jarrett told Quick Hits.
In that case, maybe Quick Hits can sit at a table with him.
‘‘I am not a gambling man,’’ he said. ‘‘But I’m going to try, though. Right now I’m going to start learning and playing online a little bit — see if I can get my skills up.’’
His sister, Brittney, is scheduled to be the Payton presence at the Hall of Fame induction.
‘‘We wish we could all be there to . . . accept this honor on behalf of my family,’’ Jarrett said. ‘‘At least one of us will be able to be there.’’
Does Jarrett’s uncle (and Walter’s brother) Eddie Payton have any advice for his nephew?
‘‘Oh, yeah: Get in and get out in one hand,’’ he told Quick Hits by phone from Mississippi. ‘‘If you
stay long enough, you’ll lose.’’
Jarrett Payton says he’s ‘‘not a gambling man’’ — but for a good cause, he’ll give it a temporary try.
Another first is on tap for ‘‘Mr. Cub.’’