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*On this date in 1954, Walter Payton was born. He was one of the best running backs ever to play professional football in America.
Warmly known as “Sweetness,” Walter Jerry Payton was from Columbia, Mississippi. He graduated from and played college ball at Jackson State University. Payton was drafted in the 1st round (4th overall) by Chicago Bears in 1975 and played with them his entire career, 13 seasons (190 games) from 1975 through 1987. At 5’10”, 200 pounds, he quickly established himself as super star. Payton holds the single-game rushing record of 275 yards.
Payton was very active in charitable endeavors during and after his football career. He was elected and enshrined into the Hall of Fame in 1993, always a gentleman, Walter Payton, #34 died in November 1999.
The Walter and Connie Payton Foundation
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Streamwood, IL 60107-0154