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Full Name at Birth
Walter Jerry Payton
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Date of Death
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Cause of Death
(primary sclerosing cholangitis)
Drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 1st round (4th overall) of the 1975 NFL Draft.
Hall of Fame
Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1993
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Walter Jerry Payton (July 25, 1953– November 1, 1999) was an American football running back who played for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL) for thirteen seasons. Walter Payton was known around the NFL as "Sweetness". He is remembered as one of the most prolific running backs in the history of the NFL. Payton, a nine-time Pro Bowl selectee, once held the league's record for most career rushing yards, touchdowns, carries, yards from scrimmage, all-purpose yards, and many other categories. His eight career touchdown passes are an NFL record for non-quarterbacks. He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993. Hall of Fame NFL player and coach Mike Ditka described Payton as the greatest football player he had ever seen—but even greater as a human being.
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