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Walter Payton

NFL Running Back Walter Payton

Full Name: Walter Jerry Payton
Profession: NFL Running Back

United States of America

Biography: Walter Payton is regarded as one of the most prolific running backs in NFL history.

In his 13 year professional career Payton held many records including career rushing yards, touchdowns, carries, yards from scrimmage, all-purpose yards and he retired with the most receptions by a non-receiver.

Playing his entire career with the Chicago Bears Payton was selected for the Pro Bowl on 9 occasions; was a First-team All-Pro in 1976, 1977, 1980, 1984 and 1985; Super Bowl champion in 1985; and NFL MVP in 1977.

He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993 and to the College Football Hall of Fame out of Jackson State University in 1996.

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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