Walter “Sweetness” Payton


Born: July 25, 1954

Died: November 1, 1999

Hometown: Columbia, MS

Year of Induction: 1993

 

College Career

Jackson State (1971-1975)

• Set an NCAA scoring record of 464 points

• Led the nation in scoring with 160 points (’73)

• Holds 9 Jackson State records including most career rushing yards of 3,563

• October 20, 1973 was declared as Walter Payton and Tiger Day throught Mississippi by Governor William Waller

• All-American

• Inducted into JSU Sports Hall of Fame

• Inducted into College Football Hall of Fame 1996

 

Pro Football Career

Chicago Bears (1975-1987)

• NFL all-time leading rusher

• Led Bears to the 1985 Super Bowl title

• Set 4 NFL records and 21 Bear marks

• The all-time NFL combined yardage leader

• Named All-Pro 4 times and selected to play in the Pro Bowl 7 tiems

• UPI Athlete of the Year (’77)

• Sports Magazine NFL Player of the Year (’77)

• Rushed for 16,726 yards (NFL record) and 110 touchdowns

• Had streak of 174 consecutive regular season games through 1986 dating back to October 19 1975

• Inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame 1993

• NFL second all-time leading rusher

• Missed only one game his entire professional career

 

Did You Know?

Walter Payton was the youngest player to be voted the NFL Most Valuable Player at 23 in 1977.