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 battling a rare autoimmune liver disease.
Here’s a documentary on one of the greatest football players of all time: