Walter Payton

  • Chicago Bears (1975-1987)
  • 9 × Pro Bowl selection ( 1977-1981, 1984-1987)
  • 9 × All-Pro selection ( 1976-1980, 1983-1986) 1 2 team
  • NFL Most Valuable Player Award ( 1977)
  • Pro Bowl MVP (1978 )
  • Super Bowl XX winners
  • Back number blocked by Bears
  • National Football League 1980s All- Decade Team
  • National Football League 75th Anniversary All- Time Team
  • Bert Bell Award (1985 )
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame (1993 )
  • College Football Hall of Fame (1996 )

Walter Jerry Payton ( born July 25, 1954 in Columbia, Mississippi; † November 1, 1999 in South Barrington, Illinois) was an US- American football player at the position of the running backs. He played for the Chicago Bears in the National Football League ( NFL).

Payton died at the age of only 45 years from severe liver disease. He is considered one of the best football players of all time. Due to his consistency and his many records he is one of the best players who have ever played in the NFL.


Sweetness, as Payton was called, had been in 1975 after his college education at Jackson State University in the first round of the NFL Draft at the time selected by the Chicago Bears as a fourth player. Walter Payton played as a running back 13 years in the NFL. In these 13 years, he missed only one game due to injury. He played until his retirement in late 1987 for the Chicago Bears. He was a member of the 1985 Bears, the 1986 Super Bowl XX win.

No running back in NFL history played for him for so long at such a high level as Walter Payton. He ran in his 190 games for Chicago 16,726 yards in 3,838 attempts. He scored 110 running touchdowns and caught 15 pass touchdowns. 1977 and 1985 he was elected MVP and Best Offensive Player of the NFL. From 1976 to 1980, he won the title for most erlaufenen yards in the NFC ( National Football Conference ). At end of his career he held 13 NFL records. Among the most erlaufenen yards in a career ( 16,726 ), most attempts in a career ( 3,838 ), most touchdowns in a career erlaufenen (110 ) and most combined yards in a career ( 21 803 ). He holds today (2012 ) still has some NFL records: With 77 games in which he scored a room gain of 100 or more yards and nine appearances in the All Star Game the NFL, the Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii. His greatest triumph was the 46-10 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX in 1986. However, Payton ran for only 61 yards on 21 attempts and had no touchdown.

His best season was 1977, when he was first honored as Most Valuable Player of the NFL. Payton erlief 1,852 yards and 14 touchdowns in 339 attempts. In addition, he caught 27 passes for 269 yards and 2 touchdowns. Payton was also voted the best offensive players in the NFL and led the league in yards erlaufenen. The Bears won the MVP Payton 9 games with 5 losses and reached for the first time since 1963 the playoffs. In 1963 she won the NFL championship. In the Divisional Playoff Game in 1977 but they lost against the Dallas Cowboys with 37-7. With 60 yards on 19 attempts and a touchdown without the MVP remained below its potential. 1979 reached the Bears with a great Walter Payton once the playoffs. 10 wins were against 6 defeats. With 1,610 yards on 369 attempts erlaufenen he led the NFC. Also, get him 14 running touchdowns. In the wild card game against Philadelphia Chicago lost with 27-17 although Walter Payton great aufspielte and scored 67 yards on 16 attempts and two touchdowns. Alone he could not bring in the Super Bowl the Bears.

After the players strike of 1982, which shortened the season to 9 games and the death of Bears founder and legendary coach George Halas, Mike Ditka took over the team. With him, the Bears should win their first in 1986 and to date only Super Bowl. Despite his - for a football player - old age Payton still belonged in the 1980s to the best running backs.

Other honors

Payton is a member of the National Football League 1980s All- Decade Team. He was then taken into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993 and in 1994 he became a member of the National Football League 75th Anniversary All- Time Team. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. Payton played nine times in the Pro Bowl, the final game of the best players of the season. Nine times he was elected to the All Pro team. Payton received the 1977 NFL Man of the Year Award. The award was renamed after his death for Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. 1985 Bert Bell Award, he was awarded.