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Walter Payton

While his nickname “Sweetness” may have described what it was like to watch him run, Walter Payton was both a combination of finesse and toughness as a runner. Payton was a true superstar on the gridiron in the late 1970s through the 1980s and at the end of his marvelous career he retired as the league’s top rusher with 16,726 rushing yards, going with his 110 rushing touchdowns. He was also the owner of the single-game rushing record at the time with 275 yards against the Minnesota Vikings in 1977. He had 10 seasons with 1,000 or more yards rushing, 77 games with more than 100 yards rushing and had a combined 21,803 net yards with 750 total points on 125 total touchdowns. Making these numbers more impressive was that he was really a one-man show on the Chicago Bears offense throughout his entire career. Payton was an eight-time All-Pro, 1977 league MVP and was a crucial part in the Bears Super Bowl XX Championship.

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