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Encyclopedia > Walter Payton
Walter Payton
Walter Payton's profile picture.
Position(s):
Half back
Jersey #(s):
34
Born: July 25, 1954(1954-07-25)
Columbia, Mississippi
Died: November 1, 1999 (aged 45)
South Barrington, Illinois
Career Information
Year(s): 19751987
NFL Draft: 1975 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
College: Jackson State
Professional Teams
Career Stats
Rushing Yards     16,726
Average     4.4
Touchdowns     110
Stats at NFL.com
Career Highlights and Awards
Pro Football Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame

Walter Jerry Payton (July 25, 1954November 1, 1999) was an American football player, who played for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. He is remembered as one of the most prolific running backs in the history of American football. Payton, a nine-time Pro Bowl selection, once held the League’s record for most career rushing yards, touchdowns, carries, and many other categories. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993. The NFL player and coach Mike Ditka described Payton as the greatest football player he had ever seen - but even greater as a human being.[1] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A diagram showing typical football positions In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... P.J. Daniels was a star running back for Georgia Tech from 2002-2005. ... 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Payton began his football career in Mississippi, and went on to have an outstanding collegiate football career at Jackson State University . He started his professional career with the Bears in 1975, who selected him as the 1975 Draft’s fourth overall pick. Payton proceeded to win two NFL Player of the Year Awards, and won Super Bowl XX with the 1985 Chicago Bears. After struggling with a rare liver disease for several months, Payton died in 1999 at the age of 45. This article is about the U.S. state. ... Jackson State University, often abridged as Jackson State or by its initials JSU is a historically black university located in Jackson, Mississippi founded in 1877. ... The 1975 NFL Draft Round 1 Categories: | | ... The NFL Most Valuable Player Award is given by various entities, most notably the Associated Press,[1] to the player who is considered most valuable in the league. ... Date January 26, 1986 Stadium Louisiana Superdome City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Richard Dent, Defensive end Favorite Bears by 10 National anthem Wynton Marsalis Coin toss Bart Starr representing previous Super Bowl MVPs Referee Red Cashion Halftime show Up with People presents Beat of the Future Attendance 73,818 TV... The 1985 Chicago Bears season was their 66th regular season and 16th post-season completed in the National Football League. ...

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Early Life

"Sweetness" Walter Payton was one of three children born to Peter and Alyne Payton in Columbia, Mississippi. His father was a factory worker who had played semi-professional baseball.[2] He was an active member of the Boy Scouts, Little League, and his local church. At Jefferson High School, Payton played drums in the marching band, participated in the track team as a long jumper, and sang in the school choir. Outside of school he played in jazz-rock groups. During his first few years at high school, his older brother Eddie was on the football team, and Payton did not play partly to avoid competing with him. After Eddie graduated, the football coach asked him to try out for the team, and he agreed with the provision that he be allowed to continue playing in the band.[3] Columbia is a city in Marion County, Mississippi, United States, which was formed six years before Mississippi was admitted to statehood. ... This article is about the sport. ... // Early history (1910-1950) Until 1948, some southern councils of the Boy Scouts of America were racially segregated. ... Little League Baseball - Logo Little League pitcher in Winesburg, Ohio Little League, Wayne, Michigan Little League Baseball is the name of a non-profit organization in the United States which organizes local childrens leagues of baseball and softball throughout the USA and the rest of the world. ... For the architectural structure, see Church (building). ... An American college marching band on the field (Kansas State University) A marching band is a group of instrumental musicians who generally perform outdoors, and who incorporate movement â€“ usually some type of marching and other movements  â€“ with their musical performance. ... Long jumper at the GE Money Grand Prix in Helsinki, July 2005. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Jazz fusion (sometimes referred to simply as fusion) is a musical genre that loosely encompasses the merging of jazz with other styles, particularly rock, funk, R&B, and world music. ...


Once he began to play football, as a freshman, he achieved instant success as a running back.[3] At 5'10" he was not especially large, but his speed and strength made him one of the team's featured players. Jefferson High School was integrated with neighboring Columbia High School that year; Payton and his teammates were upset that their head coach had become an assistant, and Payton boycotted some of the spring practices in protest, but returned during the fall season.[4][5] He then earned state-wide honors as a member of Mississippi's all-state team, leading Columbia to an unexpected 8-2 season.[6][5]


College career

Although Payton had established himself as one of the state’s top running back prospects, he received no invitations from Southeastern Conference colleges and universities, which were accepting only a few black players at the time.[7] He decided to pursue his collegiate career at the historically African-American, Jackson State University, where his older brother Eddie had played football.[4][5] The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is a college athletic conference headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, which operates in the southeastern part of the United States. ... Languages Predominantly American English Religions Protestantism (chiefly Baptist and Methodist); Roman Catholicism; Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ... Jackson State University, often abridged as Jackson State or by its initials JSU is a historically black university located in Jackson, Mississippi founded in 1877. ...


While attending Jackson State, Payton played alongside many future professional football players, including Jerome Barkum, Robert Brazile, and Jackie Slater. As a member of the Jackson State Tigers, Payton rushed over 3,500 yards, averaging 6.1 yards per carry. He also broke the NCAA’s scoring record by rushing for 65 touchdowns during his college career. Payton finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting, leading many to speculate that he would have earned more national recognition if he had attended a better-known college.[8] Payton graduated in 1975 with a Bachelor's degree in Communication.[4][5] Jerome Barkum was a wide receiver in the NFL. He played his entire career with the New York Jets. ... Robert Brazile was a linebacker in the NFL. Categories: | ... Jackie Ray Slater (born May 27, 1954, Jackson, Mississippi) is a former American Football Offensive Tackle who played his entire career with the Los Angeles Rams franchise. ... Jackson State University, often abridged as Jackson State or by its initials JSU is a historically black university located in Jackson, Mississippi founded in 1877. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often said NC-Double-A) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletics programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... Heisman redirects here. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A bachelors degree is usually an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or major that generally lasts for three, four, or in some cases and countries, five or six years. ... For the Bobby Womack album, see Communication (1972 album). ...


He acquired the nickname Sweetness in college. This name was ambiguous: it is variously said to have stemmed from his personality, from his athletic grace, or as an ironic description of his aggressive playing style.[9]


Professional career

1975−1982

On January 28, 1975, the Chicago Bears drafted Payton in the first round, as the fourth overall pick. The Bears had endured several losing seasons after the retirement of the iconic Gale Sayers in 1972. Payton's first game was not particularly successful; he was held to zero net rushing yards on eight attempts. His best performance of the season was the final game against the New Orleans Saints, where he rushed for 134 yards on 20 carries. Payton finished the season with only 679 yards and seven touchdowns.[4][5][10] is the 28th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A (sports) draft is the process by which professional sports teams select players not contracted to any team, often from colleges or amateur ranks. ... Gale Eugene Sayers (b. ... City New Orleans, Louisiana Team colors Gold and black Head Coach Sean Payton Owner Tom Benson and Rita Benson LeBlanc General manager Mickey Loomis Mascot Gumbo the dog League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1967–present) Eastern Conference (1967-1969) Capitol Division (1967; 1969) Century Division (1968) National Football Conference...


Payton was eager to improve his performance. During the 1976 NFL season, Payton rushed for over 1,000 yards and scored 17 touchdowns. Following the season, he was selected to play in the 1977 Pro Bowl, where he was declared the Pro Bowl MVP. The following year, he rushed for over 1,800 yards during the 1977 NFL season, and scored 16 touchdowns, becoming the league’s leading scorer for the season. He earned numerous awards that season, including the Associated Press and Pro Football Writers of America’s Most Valuable Player awards. His most memorable game of the season was against the Minnesota Vikings, where he rushed for a then-record 275 yards while combating the flu. By the end of the decade, Payton had received additional accolades for his exploits as a blocker, receiver, emergency punter, and quarterback.[4][5][11] The 1976 NFL season was the 57th regular season of the National Football League. ... In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ... Pro Bowl MVPs ... The 1977 NFL season was the 58th regular season of the National Football League. ... The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ... League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC Central (1970-2001) NFC North (2002-present) Current uniform Team colors Purple, Gold, White Fight song Skol, Vikings Mascot Viktor the Viking, Ragnar Personnel Owner Zygi Wilf General... Respiratory disease properly named influenza(say: in-floo-en-zah ). Some specific varities of influenza with a vaccination available are: A-New Caledonia, A-California, B-Shanghai. ... In American football, blocking occurs when one player obstructs another players path with his body. ... The wide receiver (WR) position in American and Canadian football is the pass-catching specialist. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ...


1983−1986

Payton breaks Jim Brown's career rushing record
Payton breaks Jim Brown's career rushing record

Despite Payton’s success on the field, the Bears struggled to assemble consecutive winning seasons, landing only two playoff berths since his arrival. The lack of success prompted the Bears’ management to replace Neill Armstrong with Mike Ditka for the season that began in fall of 1983. Ditka, a tight end during the 1960s and 1970s who would also join the Pro Football Hall of Fame, led the Bears to an 8-8 finish in 1983 and a 10-6 finish in 1984. Payton continued his success by rushing for over 1,400 yards in both seasons. On October 7, 1984, Payton broke Jim Brown's career rushing record. Image File history File linksMetadata 040804payton. ... Image File history File linksMetadata 040804payton. ... Neill Armstrong (born March 9, 1926) was a former American football player and coach whose career spanned more than 40 years at both the collegiate and professional levels. ... Michael Keller Ditka, Jr. ... The tight end (TE) is a position in American football on the offensive team. ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame of the National Football League (NFL). ... The 1983 NFL season was the 64th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1984 NFL season was the 65th regular season of the National Football League. ... is the 280th day of the year (281st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Jahwon is smart cute likes football and is good For other persons named James Brown, see James Brown (disambiguation). ...


In 1985, Payton rushed for over 1,500 yards, while helping the Bears establish the league’s second best offense (in its entire history). The Bear's 46 defense of that season would go on to become one of the best in NFL history setting a record for points allowed.[12] Payton performed with his teammates in the widely-released 1985 music video The Super Bowl Shuffle. The Bears went on to a 15-1 record that culminated in a 46-10 victory over the New England Patriots at Super Bowl XX. Although Payton's offensive prowess had assisted the Bears throughout the 1985 season, the New England Patriots prevented him from reaching the end zone. According to quarterback Jim McMahon, he was targeted by two or three defensive Patriots during each play.[13] The 1985 NFL season was the 66th regular season of the National Football League. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Super Bowl Shuffle is a rap song recorded by members of the Chicago Bears football team prior to their appearance in Super Bowl XX. // Known as Chicago Bears Shufflin Crew, the performers included Sweetness Walter Payton, Punky QB Jim McMahon, and Samurai Mike Singletary. ... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present... Date January 26, 1986 Stadium Louisiana Superdome City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Richard Dent, Defensive end Favorite Bears by 10 National anthem Wynton Marsalis Coin toss Bart Starr representing previous Super Bowl MVPs Referee Red Cashion Halftime show Up with People presents Beat of the Future Attendance 73,818 TV... James Robert Jim McMahon (born August 21, 1959 in Jersey City, New Jersey) was an American football star in the 1980s, first at Brigham Young University and later in the professional ranks with the Chicago Bears. ...


In a later interview, Ditka stated that Payton's lack of a touchdown in this game was one of his major regrets.[4][5][14]


1986−1987

Payton, who was a twelve-year veteran, amassed 1,333 yards in the 1986 NFL season. The Bears won the NFC Central Division, but lost to the Washington Redskins 27-13 in the divisional round. At the end of the 1986 season, he announced that he would retire after completing the 1987 NFL season. During his last season with the Bears, Payton split carries with his successor, Neal Anderson, and only rushed for 533 yards. Over his entire career, Payton rushed for 16,726 yards, and scored 110 touchdowns. He also caught 492 passes for 4,538 yards and 15 touchdowns. Payton set several team records, including most career rushing yards, receptions, and touchdowns. His jersey number was retired by the Bears, and he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.[4][5] He had missed only one game in his 13-year career.[15] The 1986 NFL season was the 67th regular season of the National Football League. ... The NFC Central refers to the Central Division of the National Football Conference of the National Football League. ... For other uses, see Redskins (disambiguation). ... The 1987 NFL season was the 68th regular season of the National Football League. ... Neal Anderson (born August 14, 1964 in Graceville, Florida) is a retired American Football player, who played for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame of the National Football League (NFL). ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ...


Playing style

Payton's motto was "Never Die Easy" (also the title of his posthumously published autobiography), a goal which he attributed to his coach at Jackson State, Bob Hill. In practice this meant that he refused to deliberately run out-of-bounds, and always delivered some punishment to his tacklers before being forced off the field or forced down.[7]


One of Payton's signature maneuvers was the "stutter-step", a high-stepping, irregularly-paced run. He developed this as a way to distract his pursuers during long runs, saying that it startled them into thinking and gave him some advantage over players who were actually faster runners.[7] He revived the practice of stiff-arming his tacklers, which had gone out of favor among running backs in the 1970s.[16] At times he used his high school experience as a long jumper to leap over his opponents, landing on his head in the end zone to gain a touchdown in a game against the Buffalo Bills.[17] His running gait was somewhat unusual, as his knees were minimally bent, and the motion was largely powered from the hip.[18] This may have given his knees, a football player's most vulnerable joints, some protection, although he underwent arthroscopic surgery on both knees in 1983. He referred to this procedure as an 11,000-yard checkup.[18] For other uses, see Buffalo Bills (disambiguation). ... Arthroscopy (also called arthroscopic surgery) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which a physical examination of the interior of a joint is performed using an arthroscope, a type of endoscope that is inserted into the join through a small incision. ...


After scoring a touchdown, Payton declined to celebrate; instead, he would often hand the ball to his teammates. He disapproved of the growing practice of touchdown celebrations; he preferred post-game antics such as rushing into the locker room and locking his fellow teammates out in the cold while taking a long shower.[7]


While Payton might have won the respect of his peers and coaches by his running alone, he made 492 receptions over his career and was a consistent threat in the passing game. [19]


Personal life

Payton married Connie Norwood in 1976. The couple had two children, Brittney and Jarrett Payton, and resided in South Barrington, Illinois. In 1995, Walter, along with many other investors, sought to bring an NFL expansion team to Saint Louis, Missouri. Although an NFL strongly favored a franchise in St. Louis, their efforts were thwarted due to internal dissension amongst the investment group members[1] leading the NFL award franchises to investment groups in Jacksonville, Florida (Jacksonville Jaguars) and Charlotte, North Carolina (Carolina Panthers).[20] Jarrett Walter Payton (born December 26, 1980 in Arlington Heights, Illinois) is an American football running back for the Tennessee Titans of the NFL. He was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent out of the University of Miami. ... South Barrington is a village located in Cook County, Illinois. ... An expansion team is a term used for a brand new team in a sports league. ... Nickname: Gateway City, Gateway to the West, or Mound City Motto: Official website: http://stlouis. ... Jacksonville redirects here. ... City Jacksonville, Florida Other nicknames The Jags Team colors Teal, Black, White, and Gold Head Coach Jack Del Rio Owner Wayne Weaver General manager James Harris Mascot Jaxson de Ville League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) American Football Conference (1995-present) AFC Central (1995-2001) AFC South (2002... Charlotte redirects here. ... City Charlotte, North Carolina Other nicknames The Cardiac Cats Team colors Black, Carolina Blue, and Silver Head Coach John Fox Owner Jerry Richardson General manager Marty Hurney Mascot Sir Purr League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) National Football Conference (1995-present) NFC West (1995-2001) NFC South (2002...


Payton pursued various business ventures in retirement, including a CART Racing investment with Dale Coyne. He participated in various CART racing events, including a 1993 race in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin that nearly claimed his life. In 1996, he founded "Walter Payton's Roundhouse", a restaurant and pub that also hosted a museum of Walter's sports memorabilia.[4][5] He was interested in cooking, often making meals for friends,[21] and was also an enthusiastic chess player. He was known for making practical jokes, including untying referees' shoelaces during pileups, setting off firecrackers at unexpected moments, taking calls at the Bears' switchboard, and calling his friends' wives pretending to be their girlfriends.[22] He appeared on the comedy show Saturday Night Live in 1987.[23] Champcar has been the name for the class of cars used in the United States premier open wheel auto racing series for decades. ... Dale Coyne (born 1954 in Minooka, Illinois) is a Champ Car auto racing team owner and former driver. ... Elkhart Lake is a village located in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin. ... For other uses, see Restaurant (disambiguation). ... An amusingly named pub (the Old New Inn) at Bourton-on-the-Water, in the Cotswold Hills of South West England A pub in the Haymarket area of Edinburgh, Scotland A public house, usually known as a pub, is a drinking establishment found mainly in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada... For other uses, see Museum (disambiguation). ... link titleThe term sports memorabilia usually refers to anything that can be directly connected to a sports event or personality. ... This article is about the Western board game. ... This article is about the American television series. ...


Payton had always been an accomplished dancer. While at Jackson State in 1975, he and a girlfriend entered a couples' dance contest televised on the nationally syndicated music/dance show Soul Train and finished second overall.[24] A contemporary dancer rehearsing in a dance studio Dance generally refers to human movement either used as a form of expression or presented in a social, spiritual or performance setting. ... // Jackson State University Jackson State University, often abridged as Jackson State or by its initials JSU is a historically black university located in Jackson, Mississippi founded in 1877. ... Soul Train is a long-running music-related syndicated television program. ...


Illness and death

In February of 1999, Payton announced that he had a rare liver disease known as primary sclerosing cholangitis, which soon led to the growth of a cancerous tumor on his liver. His only hope for survival was a liver transplant, and he was placed on the national transplant waiting list. However, he did not receive a transplant in time to save his life. [25] Payton spent his final months as an advocate for organ transplants, appearing in many commercials to encourage others to donate organs, although by the time his first appeal was recorded, he had been told that his illness was already too far advanced for transplantation to have been a viable option.[7] The following April, Payton made a final public appearance at a Chicago Cubs game with Mike Ditka, where he threw the game's ceremonial first pitch.[26][27] Author Don Yaeger worked with him during the last weeks of his life to create his autobiography, Never Die Easy.[3] The liver is the largest internal organ in the human body, and is an organ present in vertebrates and some other animals. ... Primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) is a form of cholangitis due to an autoimmune reaction. ... Cancer is a class of diseases or disorders characterized by uncontrolled division of cells and the ability of these to spread, either by direct growth into adjacent tissue through invasion, or by implantation into distant sites by metastasis (where cancer cells are transported through the bloodstream or lymphatic system). ... An organ transplant is the transplantation of an organ (or part of one) from one body to another, for the purpose of replacing the recipients damaged or failing organ with a working one from the donor. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1871, 1874-1889) (a. ... Michael Keller Ditka, Jr. ...


On November 1, 1999, Payton died from the complications that arose from his illness. During the same week, the NFL held special ceremonies in each game to commemorate Payton's memory. In addition, the Chicago Bears wore special #34 patches on their jerseys to honor Payton. [26] is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Events of 2008: (EMILY) Me Lesley and MIley are going to China! This article is about the year. ...


The speakers at Payton's public funeral service, held in Soldier Field, included Jesse Jackson, National Football League Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, former teammate Dan Hampton, his widow Connie Payton, and his children, Jarrett and Brittney Payton.[28] Among the 2,000 mourners at the private service were John Madden, Illinois Governor George Ryan, Chicago's mayor Richard M. Daley, former teammates Matt Suhey, Mike Singletary, Roland Harper, and Jim McMahon, as well as the Bears' equipment manager, building superintendent, and many other people representing a wide racial, social, political, and economic spectrum.[29] Soldier Field (formerly Municipal Grant Park Stadium) is located on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, Illinois, and is currently home to the NFLs Chicago Bears. ... Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr. ... NFL redirects here. ... Paul John Tagliabue (born November 24, 1940 in Jersey City, New Jersey) was the Commissioner of the National Football League. ... Daniel Oliver Hampton (born September 19, 1957) is a retired Hall of Fame American football defensive tackle who played twelve seasons for the Chicago Bears from 1979 to 1990 in the National Football League. ... John Earl Madden (born April 10, 1936) is a former National Football League player, a former head coach with the Oakland Raiders, a football video game magnate and is considered one of the top broadcast analysts for NFL games. ... George Ryan George Homer Ryan (born February 24, 1934 in Maquoketa, Iowa) was the Governor of the U.S. state of Illinois from 1999 until 2003. ... Richard Michael Daley (born April 24, 1942) is a United States politician, member of the national and local Democratic Party and current mayor of Chicago, Illinois. ... Matthew Jerome Suhey(Born:1958) was a fullback/running back in the National Football League for the Chicago Bears. ... Michael Singletary (born October 9, 1958 in Houston, Texas) is a former linebacker in American football who played his entire career for the Chicago Bears in the NFL, after starring in college at Baylor University. ... Roland Harper (born February 28, 1953 in Seguin, Texas) is a former professional American football player who played running back for eight seasons for the Chicago Bears. ... James Robert Jim McMahon (born August 21, 1959 in Jersey City, New Jersey) was an American football star in the 1980s, first at Brigham Young University and later in the professional ranks with the Chicago Bears. ...


Legacy

Payton's legacy continues through the charitable Walter and Connie Payton Foundation. His own appeals for greater awareness of the need for organ donations, and after his death, his foundation's, are widely credited with bringing national attention to the problem.[30] After his appeal, donations in Illinois skyrocketed, and the regional organ bank of Illinois was overwhelmed with calls.[31] In response, the City of Chicago inserted organ donation requests into city vehicle registration mailings in early 2000, and by August 2000, 13,000 people had signed into the program.[32] The foundation continues to run a program that Payton organized to donate toys to underprivileged children across the Chicago area each Christmas.[33] The family established the Walter Payton Cancer Fund in 2002.[34] Organ donation is the removal of the tissues of the human body from a person who has recently died, or from a living donor, for the purpose of transplanting or grafting them into other persons. ... For other uses, see Christmas (disambiguation). ...


Many modern NFL running backs have cited Payton as a source of inspiration. Emmitt Smith tearfully paid homage to Payton after breaking Payton’s rushing record.[35] LaDainian Tomlinson, who set numerous records during the 2006 NFL season, named Payton as one of his foremost mentors and inspirations.[36] Ahman Green, a player for the Bears' rival Green Bay Packers, is said to have idolized Payton, viewing the highlight film "Pure Payton" before each game.[37] Walter's son, Jarrett Payton was a running back for the Tennessee Titans and Amsterdam Admirals. During his tenure at the University of Miami, Jarrett wore a #34 jersey to honor his father's memory.[33] Emmitt James Smith III (born May 15, 1969 in Pensacola, Florida) is a former American football player, who played for the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals. ... LaDainian Tomlinson (born June 23, 1979) is an American football player who currently plays running back for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League. ... The 2006 season of the National Football League (NFL) was the 87th one played by the major professional American football league in the United States. ... Ahman Rashad Green (born February 16, 1977 in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.) is an American football running back who plays for the Houston Texans of the National Football League. ... Packers redirects here. ... Jarrett Walter Payton (born December 26, 1980 in Arlington Heights, Illinois) is an American football running back for the Tennessee Titans of the NFL. He was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent out of the University of Miami. ... City Nashville, Tennessee Team colors Navy, Titan Blue, White, and Red Head Coach Jeff Fisher Owner Bud Adams General manager Mike Reinfeldt Mascot T-Rac League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Eastern Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC Central (1970... Year Founded 1995 Home Field Amsterdam ArenA City Amsterdam, Netherlands Team Colors Navy Blue, Orange, Green, and White Head Coach Bart Andrus Championships World Bowls (1) World Bowl XIII (2005) The Amsterdam Admirals is a NFL Europa team based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. ... Head coach Randy Shannon 1st year, 4–2–0 Home stadium Miami Orange Bowl Capacity 72,319 - Grass Conference ACC - Coastal First year 1926 Athletic director Paul Dee Website HurricaneSports. ...


The city of Chicago has honored Payton’s memory in several ways. In 1999, the city created a special license plate and city sticker that featured Payton. The profits from the sales were given to support organ donor programs across Illinois.[38] Additionally, the city named a high school, Walter Payton College Prep, in his honor. In September 2007 the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center opened the Walter Payton Liver Center.[39] Chicago Metra commuters have long been witness to a simple "#34 Sweetness", painted on a bridge piling of the Air Line on the south end of the Chicago Union Station yards. For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... Walter Payton College Preparatory is a selective enrollment high school in Chicago, Illinois. ... This article is about the University of Illinois at Chicago. ... A Metra Train in Ogilvie Transportation Center Metra (officially known as the Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corporation) is a regional rail system that serves the city of Chicago, Illinois, United States and surrounding cities, many of them Chicago suburbs. ...


There are two athletic awards named after Payton. The NCAA gives the "Walter Payton Award" to the best offensive player from a Division I FCS (still often known by its former designation of Division I-AA) football team. The NFL hands out the "Walter Payton Man of the Year" award for player achievements in community service during a particular season. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often said NC-Double-A) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletics programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... The Walter Payton Award is awarded annually to the best offensive player in Division I-AA football. ... Division I (or DI) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. ...


Career statistics

Payton was the NFL's all-time leader in rushing yards and all-purpose yards prior to the 2002 NFL season. He led the league in rushing yards and touchdowns in the 1977 NFL season. Additionally, he was among the top ten players for rush attempts during his entire career, including 1976, 1977, and 1978, leading the category in 1979. As of 2006 he was the NFL's second all-time rusher, and ranked third in rushing touchdowns scored.[40] The 2002 NFL season was the 83rd regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1977 NFL season was the 58th regular season of the National Football League. ...


Regular season

  • Rushing Yards: 16,726
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 110
  • Rush Attempts: 3,838
  • Receiving Yards: 4,538
  • Receiving Touchdowns: 15
  • Receptions: 493
  • All-purpose yards: 21,803

Post-season

  • Rushing Yards: 632
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 2
  • Rushing Attempts: 180
  • Receiving Yards: 178
  • Receptions: 22

References

  1. ^ a b Never Die Easy: The Autobiography of Walter Payton. New York Times book review of Never Die Easy. Michael Lichtenstein, 2000.
  2. ^ Walter Payton. Chicago Bears, 2007.
  3. ^ a b c Walter Payton, Extraordinary Running Back for Chicago Bears, Dies at 45. New York Times, November 2, 1999.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Payton34.com, Walter Payton Biography, Retrieved on May 16, 2007.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i BearsHistory.com, Walter Payton, Bears RB, 1975-1987, Retrieved on May 16, 2007.
  6. ^ Walter Payton Biography, Retrieved on May 16, 2007.
  7. ^ a b c d e Walter Payton; Don Yaeger (2001). Never Die Easy. Random House. ISBN 0375758216. 
  8. ^ Walter Payton, Bears RB, 1975-1987. BearsHistory.com, 2002.
  9. ^ Walter Payton. PBS, 2002].
  10. ^ 1970's Chicago Bears: Peaks & Valleys.
  11. ^ 34 Walter Payton.
  12. ^ R. Ryan Takes Baltimore Defense Back to '86 With the 46. Washington Post, June 14, 2005.
  13. ^ Walter Payton; Don Yaeger (2001). Never Die Easy. Random House, 124. ISBN 0375758216. 
  14. ^ 1985 Chicago Bears-World Champions Again (English).
  15. ^ Payton's legacy: How sweet it is. Chicago Sun-Times, November 2, 1999.
  16. ^ Brown, Payton delivered the pain Pro Football Weekly, 2007.
  17. ^ Sweetness, Till the Bitter End. Washington Post, November 2, 1999.
  18. ^ a b Main ingredient in 'Sweetness' was heart Pro Football Weekly, August 1, 1993.
  19. ^ Walter Payton Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2007.
  20. ^ Q&A: Hall of Fame eve (English).
  21. ^ Kup's Column Irv Kupcinet.Chicago Sun-Times, November 5, 1999. Cited through Findarticles.com.
  22. ^ 1979 Chicago Bears. BearsHistory.com, 2003.
  23. ^ Saturday Night Live - Walter Peyton/Joe Montana/Debbie Harry (1987). IMDB
  24. ^ Running Wild. Time, 1997.
  25. ^ Outside the Lines: Walter Payton, Giving Thanks ESPN, November 2000.
  26. ^ a b Payton dead at 45.
  27. ^ NFL's all-time leading rusher dies at 45.
  28. ^ Chicagoans Bid Payton Fond Farewell At Soldier Field. New York Times, November 7, 1999.
  29. ^ Walter Payton 1954 - 1999. Daily Herald, 1999.
  30. ^ Levin Joins Senate Colleagues, NFL Players to Promote Organ and Tissue Donation United States Senate, 2000.
  31. ^ Jennings death puts lung cancer in the public eye. ABC, 2005.
  32. ^ Jesse White Unveils New Organ Donor License Plate. Illinois Secretary of State, August 2000.
  33. ^ a b Walter Payton, Bears RB, 1975-1987 (English).
  34. ^ Walter Payton Cancer Fund: Research. www.payton34.org.
  35. ^ Emmitt Smith. ESPN, 2007.
  36. ^ IS LT the best ever?.
  37. ^ Green Bay Packers Player Profile, Ahman Green
  38. ^ Secretary of State White Joins City Clerk Laski to Increase Organ Donor Participation Illinois
  39. ^ Walter Payton Liver Center opens at UIC. American Broadcasting Network (ABC7Chicago.com), September 5, 2007.
  40. ^ NFL Rushing Records. NFL Record and Fact Book, Updated Through 2006 Season.

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