As he talked to students at Aux Sable Middle School in Joliet, Jarrett Payton gave bullying only a brief mention, as if to show that bullies couldn’t win against the greatness inside those who were listening.

He talked about his dad – the late Bear Walter Payton – and other “greats” he has met in his life.

“I study greatness every single day,” he said. “I got to see what it took to be great.”,0,1139846.story