Happy birthday, Walter Payton

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He was known as “Sweetness,” and during his 13 seasons with the Chicago Bears, Walter Payton was one of football’s most electrifying running backs. Who can forget his stutter-step move in the open field that rendered defenders defenseless.

Just look at the accomplishments of the man who was rated the #5 NFL player of all time by NFL.com:

  • Nine time Pro Bowl pick
  • NFL MVP (1977)
  • NFL Offensive Player of the Year
  • Two-time NFL Player of the Year
  • Pro Bowl MVP
  • Super Bowl Champion

If Payton were alive, today he would have turned 59 years old. He died in 1999 at the surprisingly young age of 45, after battlingĀ a rare autoimmune liver disease.

Here’s a documentary on one of the greatest football players of all time: