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Walter Payton

NFL Running Back Walter Payton

Profession: NFL Running Back

United States of America

Why Famous: One of the most prolific running backs in the history of the NFL, Payton played for the Chicago Bears for 13 seasons.

Payton was known around the NFL as "Sweetness".

Born: July 25, 1954
Birthplace: Columbia, Mississippi, USA

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Leo

Died: November 1, 1999 (aged 45)
Cause of Death: Cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer)

Married Life

  • 1976-07-07 NFL running back Walter Payton (21) weds Connie Norwood in Los Angeles, California

Historical Events

  • 1977-11-20 Walter Payton (Bears) rushes for NFL record 275 yards
  • 1984-10-07 Walter Payton passes Jim Brown as NFL's career rushing leader
  • 1987-09-20 Chicago running back Walter Payton scores his NFL record 107th rushing touchdown in the Bears' 20-3 victory over Tampa Bay

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