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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.
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Walter Payton
WAP99110101 - 01 NOVEMBER 1999 - CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, USA: Chicago Bears and Hall Of Famer Walter Payton, shown in this 1977 file photo, died November 1. The all-time NFL rushing champion had been diagnosed with a rare liver disease. raf/Ray Foli FILE UPI .
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Walter Payton (July 25, 1954 – November 1, 1999) was an American football player who spent his entire professional career with the National Football League's Chicago Bears. Walter Payton was known around the NFL as "Sweetness". He is remembered as one of the most prolific running backs in the history of American football. Payton, a nine-time Pro Bowl selection, once held the League’s record for most career rushing yards, touchdowns, carries, and many other categories. He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993. Hall of Fame NFL player and coach Mike Ditka described Payton as the greatest football player he had ever seen—but even greater as a human being.

Payton began his football career in Mississippi, and went on to have an outstanding collegiate football career at Jackson State University where he was an All-American. He started his professional career with the Bears in 1975, who selected him as the 1975 Draft’s fourth overall pick. Payton proceeded to win two NFL Player of the Year Awards, and won Super Bowl XX with the 1985 Chicago Bears. After struggling with the rare liver disease primary sclerosing cholangitis for several months, Payton died on November 1, 1999.

Payton was one of three children born to Edward Charles Payton and Alyne Payton in Columbia, Mississippi. His father was a factory worker who had played semi-professional baseball. Payton was an active member of the Boy Scouts, Little League, and his local church. At John J. Jefferson High School, Payton played drums in the marching band, participated in the track team as a long jumper, and sang in the school choir. Outside of school, he played drums in jazz-rock groups. During his first few years at high school, his older brother Eddie was on the football team, and Payton did not play partly to avoid competing with him. After Eddie graduated, the football coach asked Payton to try out for the team, and he agreed on condition that he be allowed to continue playing in the band.

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