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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Feely is AZ Cardinals/Walter Payton NFL Man of the YearKPHO Phoenix, December 6th
Arizona Cardinals kicker Jay Feely has been named the Arizona Cardinals/Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. Cardinals President Michael Bidwell will award Feely a trophy following football practice Thursday. The NFL will grant $1,000 to the charity of ...Read more
Walter Payton Award finalists namedNCAA.com, December 5th
QB Vernon Adams of Eastern Washington, QB Jimmy Garoppolo of Eastern Illinois and RB Terrance West of Towson have been invited to the announcement of the 27th Walter Payton Award. The winner will be announced at The Sports Network's FCS ...Read more
Adams finalist for Walter Payton AwardThe Spokesman Review (blog), December 3rd
Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams is one of three finalists for the Walter Payton Award given to the top player in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, The Sports Network announced Tuesday. Adams, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo of ...Read more
Eagles' Vernon Adams is finalist for Walter Payton AwardCheney Free Press (registration), December 3rd
Eastern Washington University quarterback Vernon Adams is one of three finalists for the Walter Payton Award given to the top player in FCS football, The Sports Network announced Dec. 3. Adams, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo of Eastern Illinois and ...Read more
Woodyard Named Broncos' Walter Payton Man of the YearDenverBroncos.com (blog), November 27th
On Wednesday, the Broncos announced that the club has selected Woodyard as its 2013 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award recipient. The prestigious award historically recognizes a player for outstanding leadership both on the field and in the ...Read more
Brock Jensen Named Walter Payton Award FinalistValley News Live, November 25th
Twenty finalists were announced on Monday as voting began for the Walter Payton Award which honors the outstanding player in the FCS. The winner will be announced Dec. 16 at the FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation. A panel of sports information and ...Read more
Walter Payton's record-breaking dayVoices, November 20th
As the Bears keep pace with the Lions in the NFC North and look towards a potential playoff spot on the shoulders of Josh McCown, it's an appropriate day to briefly turn our gaze back to one of the all-time greats, Walter Payton. It was 36 years ago...Read more
Princeton's Epperly Added to Walter Payton Award Watch ListIvyLeagueSports.com, November 12th
PHILADELPHIA -- The amazing season for Princeton junior quarterback Quinn Epperly continued on Tuesday as he was among three signal-callers added to the Walter Payton Award Watch List. In Princeton's 7-1 season atop the Ivy League standings, ...Read more