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UPI Almanac for Thursday, July 25, 2013.
By United Press International
Alyne Payton, mother of NFL great Walter, dies at 87

Alyne Payton, mother of NFL great Walter, dies at 87

COLUMBIA, Miss., May 9 (UPI) -- Alyne Payton, mother of the late NFL Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton, has died in Columbia, Miss. She was 87.

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Former Bears coach Pardee dead at 76

HOUSTON, April 2 (UPI) -- Former Chicago Bears coach Jack Pardee has died of gallbladder cancer at the age of 76, his family said.

Ravens center Birk to retire from NFL

BALTIMORE, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, on Friday announced his retirement from the NFL after 15 seasons.

Payton/Sanders card to finance in vitro

HOUSTON, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- A Texas couple say they are hoping to turn a football card signed by two all-time NFL greats into a baby by auctioning the item on eBay.
Tomlinson retires as NFL's No. 5 rusher

Tomlinson retires as NFL's No. 5 rusher

SAN DIEGO, June 18 (UPI) -- LaDainian Tomlinson, who is the NFL's fifth-leading rusher all-time, said Monday he was retiring after 11 years in the league.

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Ditka lashes out at Walter Payton book author

Ditka lashes out at Walter Payton book author

CHICAGO, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Former Chicago Bears Coach Mike Ditka said he would "spit on" Jeff Pearlman, author of a controversial book on deceased player Walter Payton.
Walter Payton book alleges drug use, infidelity

Walter Payton book alleges drug use, infidelity

CHICAGO, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- The widow of the late Chicago Bears great Walter Payton said she was surprised by allegations of his infidelity and drug use in a new biography.
Brian Waters named NFL Man of the Year

Brian Waters named NFL Man of the Year

MIAMI, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Four-time Pro Bowl guard Brian Waters of Kansas City was named the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year Sunday in Miami at Super Bowl XLIV.

Payton family eyes statue compromise

CHICAFO, Ill., Sept. 17 (UPI) -- The widow of the late Walter Payton says their family is willing to compromise if opposition precludes putting a statue of the NFL great outside Soldier Field.
Chicago opposes location for Payton statue

Chicago opposes location for Payton statue

CHICAGO, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- The family of the late Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton is trying to get permission to place a statue of Payton outside Soldier Field, a spokesman says.
Falcons release RB Warrick Dunn

Falcons release RB Warrick Dunn

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga., March 3 (UPI) -- Running back Warrick Dunn, third on the Atlanta Falcons' all-time rushing list, was released by the NFL team Monday.

Jason Taylor named NFL Man of the Year

NEW YORK, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor has been named the NFL Man of the Year for the 2007-08 season.

Payton Award goes to Georgia Southern QB

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Georgia Southern quarterback Jayson Foster was named the winner of the Walter Payton Award Thursday.

NFL: San Diego 24, Kansas City 10

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- LaDainian Tomlinson's two rushing touchdowns in San Diego's 24-10 victory over Kansas City Sunday moved him into third place on the NFL all-time list.

DB Vincent released by Redskins

ASHBURN, Va., Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Four-time Pro Bowl defensive back Troy Vincent has been released by the Washington Redskins.

Brees, Tomlinson are NFL's Men of the Year

MIAMI, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- New Orleans' Drew Brees and San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson have been selected the co-winners of the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year award. The honor is given annually to note the accomplishments of players both on and off the field. It is named for l

Oldest Bears fan primed for Super Bowl

GLENVIEW, Ill., Jan. 30 (UPI) -- At 103, former Chicago high school teacher Marion Wood is ready to root her Bears on to victory in Super Bowl XLI.

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Chicago suburb loses miniature golf course

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill., Aug. 14 (UPI) -- A suburban Chicago landmark miniature golf course that attracted the likes of NFL legend Walter Payton and decked-out brides and grooms is biting the dust.

Teen faces charges in Payton ring theft

CHICAGO, May 20 (UPI) -- A teenager was charged Saturday with stealing two rings that had belonged to the late Walter Payton of the Chicago Bears.

Stolen Payton rings recovered

AURORA, Ill., March 30 (UPI) -- Two rings stolen from Chicago Bears great Walter Payton have been recovered after two men tried to pawn them, police say.

Theft reveals more Walter Payton pranks

AURORA, Ill., March 29 (UPI) -- Thieves took what they thought was the Super Bowl XX ring of late Chicago Bear great and prankster Walter Payton but got only a replica, a report said.
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