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Walter Jerry Payton (July 25, 1954[1] – November 1, 1999) was an American soccer working again who performed for the Chicago Bears of the Nationwide Soccer League (NFL) for 13 seasons. Payton was recognized across the NFL as “Sweetness”. A nine-time Professional Bowl selectee, Payton is remembered as a prolific rusher, as soon as holding data for profession dashing yards, touchdowns, carries, yards from scrimmage, all-purpose yards, and lots of different classes. He was additionally versatile, and retired with essentially the most receptions by a non-receiver, and had eight profession landing passes. He was elected into the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame in 1993 and the School Soccer Corridor of Fame in 1996. Corridor of Fame NFL participant and coach Mike Ditka described Payton as the best soccer participant he had ever seenβ€”however even better as a human being.[2]

Payton started his soccer profession in Mississippi, and went on to have an impressive collegiate soccer profession at Jackson State College the place he was an All-American. He began his skilled profession with the Chicago Bears in 1975, who chosen him with the 1975 Draft’s fourth general decide. Payton proceeded to win the 1977 AP NFL Most Precious Participant Award and received Tremendous Bowl XX with the 1985 Chicago Bears. He retired from soccer on the finish of the 1987 season having rushed for no less than 1,200 yards in 10 of his 13 seasons within the NFL.

After fighting the uncommon liver illness main sclerosing cholangitis for a number of months, Payton died on November 1, 1999, aged 45, from cholangiocarcinoma. His legacy consists of the Walter Payton Award, the Walter Payton Man of the Yr Award, and a heightened consciousness of the necessity for organ donations.

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