Thirteen seasons with the Chicago Bears brought good luck to running back Walter “Sweetness” Payton. Drafted fourth overall in 1975, the stutter-stepping All-American from Jackson State University broke Jim Brown’s career rushing record in 1984, and ended his career as the NFL’s leader in rushing yards—Emmitt Smith subsequently broke Payton’s record in 2002.

After retiring at the end of the 1987 season, Payton was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993. Well respected both in and out of football circles, Payton should have had a long and rich post-football career, but his time was cut short when he died in 1999 from cancer caused by a rare liver disease.

In his honor, the city of Chicago added organ-donor information to its vehicle registration mailings, a cause that Payton had championed in the last months of his brief but brilliant life.

Payton’s 1976 Topps rookie card is one of the most collectible football cards of the postwar era. Also highly prized is the Payton card from a 33-card set that Topps produced for Holsum Bread. In 1977, Payton and Buffalo Bills running back O.J. Simpson appeared on a card together, and in 1979 Payton was paired with Houston Oilers running back Earl Campbell.

Because Payton missed the rapid rise in autographed merchandise in the 21st century, signed Payton collectibles are relatively rare, causing the prices for his signed number-34 jerseys and both his Riddell team and commemorative Hall of Fame helmets to be somewhat higher than those of his peers.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Vintage Football Card Gallery

Vintage Football Card Gallery

This great database of pro and collegiate football cards from the 1950s and 1960s offers scanned images of cards fo… [read review or visit site]



Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Walter Payton Signed Chicago Bears Jersey Auto + Inscriptions Psa/dna Loa HofWalter Payton Signed & Framed Vintage Chicago Bears Nfl Jersey Walter Payton 1976 Topps #148 Vintage Rookie Card Rc Bears Hof Ex-mint Bvg Bgs 6Walter Payton Autographed Chicago Bears Football Jersey, Jsa Loa1976 Topps #148 Walter Payton Chicago Bears Rookie Card1976 Topps Walter Payton Chicago Bears #148 Football Card Rookie Psa 7 !!!!!Walter Payton Autograph Framed 8x10 Photo & Mini Helmet Psa Dna Certified1976 Rookie Walter Payton Topps #148,chicago Bears1979 Topps Rack Pack W/ Earl Campbell Rc On Top Nfl Rookie Hof'er Oilers RareUda Walter Payton Signed Upper Deck Authenticated Card Framed Set - Original BoxWalter Payton & Michael Jordan And Others1984 Topps Football Separation Proof Cards. Walter Payton BearsLot (3) Calling Card Walter Payton Hof Bears Psa/dna Signed Auto Deceased1976 Topps #148 Walter Payton Rookie Hof Bears (ex/mt) *4678981991 Pro Set #1 Walter Payton Hof Signed Auto Psa/dna DeceasedWalter Payton 2001 Topps Game Worn Rookie Reprint Jersey HofLn Walter Payton Chicago Bears Throwback White Jersey Sewn Sz 52 Mitchell & NessWalter Payton Signed 16x20 Photo Auto Psa/dna Loa Bears Hof Deceased 19991976 Topps #148 Walter Payton Bears Hof Rc Rookie Psa 7 NmWalter Payton 2007 National Treasures Timeline Jumbo Bears Huge Jersey 13/25 Sp1991 Pro Set Special #1 Walter Payton Auto1976 Topps Walter Payton Chicago Bears Rookie Rc #148~nrmt-mint NiceWalter Payton/mike Singeltary Game Used Lot #'d75Walter Payton #34 Chicago Bears Jersey By Wilson Nfl Football Youth X-l Ex.cond 1990s Bears Walter Payton Authentic Jersey Sz 48 Gsh Pro Line Champion UsaWalter Payton 1976 Topps RookieWalter Payton/chicago Bears 1979 Topps Card #480 Graded Nm-mt+ 8.5 By PsaWalter Payton Unsigned Chicago Bears White Jersey-xl2005 Ultimate Collection Walter Payton Game Used Jersey #ed 56/99 Bears2013 National Treasures #42 Walter Payton Bears Hof Jersey 45/50Walter Payton/chicago Bears 2009 National Treasures Game-worn Jersey Card #14/991995 Starting Lineup Legends Walter PaytonWalter Payton 1976, Montana 1981, Bradshaw 1971, And More!!! Hof Rookies!+ Bonus1976 Walter Payton Rookie1975 Topps #148 Rookie Rc Walter Payton Card1990s Bears Walter Payton Authentic Jersey Sz 44 Gsh Pro Line Russell UsaNfl Football Card Lot Auto, Rookie Jersey $104 - Russell Wilson, Walter Payton +Nfl Football Card Lot Auto, Rookie, Jersey $128 - Walter Payton, Eddie Lacy Rc +1979 Topps Football #3 Walter Payton Earl Campbell Psa 10 Gem Mint Centered Walter Payton 1976 Topps Rc #148 Sgc 55 (4.5) Vg/ex+ Centered1981 Topps Football #400 Walter Payton Hof Bears Psa 8 Nm-mt2009 Exquisite Barry Sanders Walter Payton Emmitt Smith 1/25 Triple Patch1976 Topps Walter Payton {rookie Football} Great Condition2012 National Treasures Walter Payton Timeline Jersey #15/49 Sp1976 Topps Football Walter Payton Rc #148 Ex Bears HofWalter Payton #34 Chicago Bears Jersey Blue Size 40-mediumWalter Payton Autographed Jersey... Rare Wilson Authentic Proline Jersey Size 521976 Topps Walter Payton Chicago Bears Graded Ex+ Rookie Card1985 Chicago Bears Championship Ring Replica (usa Based)Walter Payton Chicago Bears Collection And Autographed Rare 164 Total CardsWalter Payton 1995 Super Bowl Champions Phone Card Autograph Auto Ss97221978 Topps All-pro #200 Walter Payton Hof Bears Psa 8 Nm-mtWalter Payton 2009 National Treasures League Leaders Bears Game Jersey 69/99 Sp9 Walter Payton ( High $$ ) Hall Of Famer + Bonus Cards Walter Payton Autographed Football W/ Case Chicago Bears Inscribed "sweetness"!Walter Payton Chicago Bears Jersey Xxl Walter Payton 34 Chicago Bears Navy Jersey Womens Medium M Reebok Sewn 12-142013 Totally Certified Walter Payton Earl Campbell Dual Jersey #/1991983 Topps Football #36 Walter Payton Hof Bears Psa 8 Nm-mt($275) Walter Payton Chicago Bears 1976 Coin Card Lincoln Cent Graded Asg10 Mint

Recent News: Walter Payton Memorabilia

Source: Google News

Southeastern Lions remain No. 3 in national FCS polls
WAFB.com, September 1st

Southeastern was dominant in all facets in the win over the Dolphins. Senior quarterback and Walter Payton Award candidate Bryan Bennett (311 yards passing, two touchdowns; 93 yards rushing, TD) led a Lion attack that racked up 564 yards of total offense...Read more

Pair of Eags Earn Conference Honors; UW Prepares for Eastern
KREM.com (subscription), September 1st

The Walter Payton Award candidate from Pasadena, Calif., is now 22-4 as a starter at Eastern. His 20 victories entering the season represents the most back-to-back wins by a starting quarterback in school history (Bo Levi Mitchell had 19). One of the...Read more

AAMU Offensive Lineman Alan Cruz Wins 2014 Walter Payton Achievement Award
WAAY, August 31st

ORLANDO, FL (ESPN Events) - The fans have spoken. The 2014 Walter Payton Achievement Award winners are Alan Cruz from Alabama A&M University, and Quentin Todd from North Carolina A&T State University. The ESPN voting poll opened July 24 and ...Read more

No. 23 Tar Heels douse Flames
Staunton News Leader, August 30th

Strauss was one of 20 players named to the Walter Payton Award Watch List in 2014, an award given to the most outstanding player in FCS. Brian Brown had 5 catches for 110 yards to lead all Spiders receivers, and Stephen Barnette added 6 catches for 76 ...Read more

Rapid Recap: No. 20 Richmond 55 – Morehead State 10
The Collegian — University of Richmond, August 30th

Michael Strauss showed why he's on the watch list for the Walter Payton award. The Spiders' quarterback threw for 259 yards and three touchdowns on 17-23 passing Saturday night against Morehead State. He didn't turn the ball over and looked completely ...Read more

Walter Payton teamed up with Razor Ramon 20 years ago today
Chicago Tribune (blog), August 29th

Jarrett Payton noticed something different about his dad – Bears legend Walter Payton -- as he escorted WWF Superstar Razor Ramon to the ring in 1994 for his Summer Slam match at the United Center: His arms were enormous. Sure, Walter had always ...Read more

Teams think big picture, too
Sports Network, August 27th

Six 2013 finalists are on this year's Walter Payton Award Watch List, while seven former finalists are nominees for the 20th Buck Buchanan Award. The FCS Awards package can be found here. WEEK 1 PREDICTIONS This Season's Record: 1-0 (1.000)...Read more

Walter Payton Days Until Chicago Bears Season Opener
BearGoggles, August 4th

It's an honor and a privilege to introduce a player who is not only one of the all-time greatest Chicago Bears, but also one of the greatest players in NFL history — Walter Payton. It's equally an honor and an privilege to introduce a player who...Read more