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Remembering Walter Payton: Simply Sweet

Posted on November 01, 2009 by Dean Hybl

It is difficult to believe that 10 years have passed since the sports world lost a true giant with the passing of Walter Payton on November 1, 1999.

Click here to read “Simply Sweet”, which is an in-depth look at Payton’s glory days at Jackson State and in the NFL with the Chicago Bears.

In remembrance of Payton’s amazing career, we have also chosen several highlight clips that reflect his true greatness.

Walter Payton Highlights:

Best Running Backs Ever: The Case for Walter Payton

Payton’s Great Runs:

Breaking Jim Brown’s Rushing Record:


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