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.

Edgerrin James signs with Arizona

TEMPE, Ariz., March 13 (UPI) -- Veteran running back running back Edgerrin James Sunday signed as a free agent with the Arizona Cardinals.

Erik Meyer wins Walter Payton Award

CHATANOOGA, Tenn., Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Eastern Washington quarterback Erik Meyer has won the Walter Payton Award, presented to the outstanding offensive player in Division I-AA football.

Warrick Dunn named NFL Man of Year

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 4 (UPI) -- The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award was presented Friday to the Atlanta Falcons' Warrick Dunn for helping to provide homes for single-mother families.

Campbell wins Walter Payton Award

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., Dec. 16 (UPI) -- William & Mary quarterback Lang Campbell was named the winner of the Walter Payton Award Friday night.

Ditka buys into Arena Football League team

CHICAGO, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Super Bowl XX winning Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka has purchased a minority interest in the Chicago Rush of the indoor Arena Football League.
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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 .

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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