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.
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Eagles free-agent targets: RB Frank GoreComcast SportsNet Philadelphia, March 4th
The others are Ricky Watters, Walter Payton, Tiki Barber and Thomas Jones (of all people). Assuming Gore's age scares away most teams and his asking price is reasonable, I'd consider bringing him in as a part-time guy. Assuming Roc Carmichael is...Read more
Jarrett Payton hosting bowling benefitChicagoBears.com, March 4th
Jarrett Payton, the son of Bears legend Walter Payton, will host an anti-bullying fundraiser from 6-9 p.m. Thursday at Kings Lanes, Lounge & Sports in Rosemont. Jarrett Payton, the son of Bears legend Walter Payton, will host an anti-bullying...Read more
Buffalo Bills Must Upgrade Offensive Line to Make NFL Playoffs in 2015Bleacher Report, March 4th
But no matter who's standing in the Bills backfield next season—me, Shady McCoy or Walter Payton in his prime—Buffalo needs to improve its offensive line in order to compete for a playoff spot. For 2014, Pro Football Focus ranked Buffalo's O-line...Read more
LeSean McCoy, DeMarco Murray, Adrian Peterson Are Proof That NFL RBs ...Forbes, March 4th
And thus, the position in football that gave birth to the extraordinary Jim Brown, the mesmerizing Walter Payton, the incredible Barry Sanders and the enduring Emmitt Smith — that of the once all-mighty running back — continues its course of...Read more
Future UO quarterback practices in exile in E. Washingtonkgw.com, March 3rd
Adams is a bona fide star at the FCS level — two-time Big Sky Conference offensive player of the year, two-time All-American, twice runner-up for the Walter Payton Award, the FCS's top individual honor. He plans to move up to FBS power Oregon, ...Read more
Off-season readin': Walter Payton's AutobioBearGoggles, February 26th
Finally, I've come to the book about Sweetness – Never Die Easy: The Autobiography of Walter Payton by Walter Payton with the help of sports author, Don Yaeger. One would think an autobiography would be written following the rules of the others...Read more
What Are Chicago's Toughest High Schools to Get Into?DNAinfo, February 25th
Of the 11 schools that admit students based on test scores and grades, Walter Payton College Prep at 1034 N. Wells St. had the highest average score for entry, followed by Northside, Jones, Whitney Young and Lane Tech, according to data posted on the ...Read more
The Man Amongst MenThe MMQB, February 5th
Thomas Davis didn't play in Super Bowl XLIX, but the Carolina Panthers linebacker still made an impact on Super Bowl weekend. On the eve of the big game, Davis received the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, and used his platform to send a ...Read more