1. Walter Payton died of a rare liver disease and bile duct cancer in November 1999.
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2. Walter Payton was eulogized by amicable personals including John Madden, Mike Ditka among others.
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3. Walter Payton continued to shine where he received not one but nine Pro Bowl selections.
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5. Walter Payton was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996.
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7. Walter Payton had the flu for his first game in the NFL, but he burst through the opposing line for twenty-nine yards on one of his carries.
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9. Walter Payton ended the 1977 season with 1,852 yards rushing, leading the NFL in yards gained and carries.
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11. Walter Payton was 33-years old, and the Bears had started to split his playing time with talented newcomer Neal Anderson.
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13. Walter Payton ended the season with 1,852 yards rushing, leading the NFL in yards gained and carries.
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15. Walter Payton was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1986.
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16. In 1988, Walter Payton joined the board of directors of the Chicago Bears.
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24. Walter Payton led the league in rushing yards and touchdowns in the 1977 NFL season.
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29. Walter Payton attributed this motto to Bob Hill, his coach at Jackson State.
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30. Over his entire career, Walter Payton rushed for 16,726 yards, which broke the record for most rushing yards by any NFL player in history, and scored 110 touchdowns.
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33. In 1985, Walter Payton rushed for more than 1,500 yards, helping the Bears establish the league's second-best offense with the emergence of quarterback Jim McMahon.
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39. In 1973, Walter Payton had a school record 24 rushing touchdowns, and was named Black College Player of the Year.
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41. Walter 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.
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