NFL Hall of Fame - Walter Payton

Chicago Bears First-Round Draft Pick

#34 "When I get through with Chicago, they’ll be loving me,” Walter Payton's words after being picked
#34 "When I get through with Chicago, they’ll be loving me,” Walter Payton's words after being picked
Walter Sweetness Payton
Walter Sweetness Payton

Walter Payton

Chicago Bears Running Back

In his early days Walter Paytons nickname was "Spiderman," But when he went to Jackson State, he was re nicknamed "Sweetness". Some say it was for all the skills he brought to the field and then others think he got the name because it packed a certain irony for someone who enjoyed physical contact. He may have been called Sweetness, but to defenders Walter Payton was anything but. He was an unstoppable force running with the ball, he had great hands as a receiver out of the backfield, but more important he was an inspiration in everything he did.

Payton the Man, the Football Player, the Legend

Payton was born on July 25, 1954 and he was taken way too soon for on November 1, 1999 nearly 12 years after his retirement from football, Payton died of bile duct cancer that had been discovered earlier that year during treatment for a rare form of liver disease.

An American football legend, Walter Payton earned a place in NFL history and in the hearts of NFL fans everywhere. His career rushing record of 16,726 yards was an all-time high in the NFL. The Hall of Fame running back played his entire 13-year career with the Chicago Bears.

He was a tough competitor who refused to "go down" easily. Where other players in the NFL would run for the sidelines to avoid a crushing tackle, Payton faced defensive blockers squarely head-on; If you ever watched him play you would understand that he made these defenders "earn" the down for a tackle.

#34 Walter Payton Chicago Bears - Timeline
#34 Walter Payton Chicago Bears - Timeline

Sweetness

Sweetness
Sweetness

Sweetness Was Loved

Walter Payton of the Chicago Bears Fans was loved by all his fans.
Walter Payton of the Chicago Bears Fans was loved by all his fans.

Walter Payton the Early Years

Growing up - born in 1954 in Columbia, Mississippi, in the heart of the racially-charged South. Edward and Alyne Payton had three children, Eddie, Walter and Pam. Living in a small town the kids had a regular childhood. Eddie and Walter were active in any sport they could participate in. In High school Walter played football his first three years at all-black John Jefferson High. In his senior year,  he went to Columbia High school and integration had begun to integrate. This wasn;t a problem for Walter and he made the transition easily. It was the 1960's and after high school, the options for a black athlete in the south were limited.  Though schools like Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana State began recruiting blacks, there were more opportunities for players like Payton to head to California or Big Ten schools. Most, like Payton, chose to stay closer to home at traditionally black schools such as Jackson State, in Jackson, Mississippi.  At Jackson State, Payton did quite well and he finished fourth in Heisman Trophy voting. Many believed he would have won, had he played at a school with any amount of notoriety, which Jackson State lacked. Walter was not only a great athletle, but his grades were quite commendable. Interesting to note is that he made national appearance on Soul Train, performing the "Cock Walk", a dance move he created. It was early 1975, and Payton was ready for the big league.

Walter Payton Timeline 1975
Walter Payton Timeline 1975
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Walter Payton played 13 illustrious seasons with the Bears, retiring as the NFL's all-time leading rusher.
Walter Payton played 13 illustrious seasons with the Bears, retiring as the NFL's all-time leading rusher.
Longtime Bears backfield mates Roland Harper (left) and Walter Payton both arrived in the 1975 draft.
Longtime Bears backfield mates Roland Harper (left) and Walter Payton both arrived in the 1975 draft.
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"He is a complete football player," quoted from Jim Finks, the former Chicago Bears general manager who drafted Payton.

Dick Butkus who was the Dallas Cowboys assistant recounted these words years later about the 1975 draft "With the fourth pick in the 1975 NFL draft, the Bears selected Payton. Chicago's running game hadn't been the same since Gale Sayers' retirement due to injuries in 1971. It remains a mystery how Payton lasted until the fourth pick until this day. Taken before him were QB Steve Bartkowski by Atlanta, DT Randy White by Dallas, and G Ken Huff by Baltimore."

In Paytons first NFL game, #34 carried the ball eight times for zero net yards, not exactly what you would think considering this man had such an incredible football career. Although 1975 began with a performance that didn't merit writing home about, the season finale did. At New Orleans, Payton ripped off perhaps the best touchdown run of his career, finishing with 134 yards on 20 carries, the Bears' best rushing performance since Sayers resided in Chicago.
Paytons rookie year ended with 679 yards and seven touchdowns, the lowest total of his football career. Also, the biggest letdown of his career occurred that season, as Payton was held out of the only game he would miss in 13 seasons. It was his rookie year,1975 Said Payton of that missed game, " I could have played but my coach, Jack Pardee, wouldn't let me. I don't count that as a miss,"

Looking back .. did it matter. .I think not for the best . . yes the best was yet to come!


Walter Payton Timeline 1976 - 1981
Walter Payton Timeline 1976 - 1981
Payton's all-time yardage record (16,726) is well-known, but he also holds NFL records for attempts (3,838), yards in one game (275 vs. Minnesota, 1977) and career games with 100 yards or more (77). (AP PHOTO)
Payton's all-time yardage record (16,726) is well-known, but he also holds NFL records for attempts (3,838), yards in one game (275 vs. Minnesota, 1977) and career games with 100 yards or more (77). (AP PHOTO)

Walter Payton on the sidelines 1980 in a lose to the Steelers

Dejected Bears, James Scott; Walter Payton; and Vince Evans sit on the bench as a game with the Steelers nears the end 9/28. Steelers won 38-3. IMAGE: Bettmann/CORBIS September 28, 1980 Pitsburgh, Pa
Dejected Bears, James Scott; Walter Payton; and Vince Evans sit on the bench as a game with the Steelers nears the end 9/28. Steelers won 38-3. IMAGE: Bettmann/CORBIS September 28, 1980 Pitsburgh, Pa

Walter Payton - Timeline

Mid Career

In 1976 Walter Payton went over 1,000 yards and scored 13 touchdowns. In 1977 he was the Most Valuable Player in the NFL. And when the Chicago Bears went to the playoffs after the '77 season, Payton came up with a 275-yard game. This best single-game performance stood the test of until it was surpassed by three yards in 2000.
Walter "Sweetness"Payton defined the Bears in the years spanning from 1976-1981. He was the Bears, and jokes circulated that their game plan was as simple as Payton left, Payton right, Payton middle, punt. Sweetness, which became Payton's nickname early in his career, rushed for over 1,000 yards in every season from 1976-1981. Though 8-8 and 6-10 seasons in 1981 were no fun on the field, hos fellow team mates will tell you that Payton wasn't just a great player on the field, he was perhaps one of the best all time practical jokers. This not only kept the moral up in the locker room but it adds to why this football player will be forever enshrined as one of the greatest ever! Perhaps it was Walter's "Sweetness spirit" that can be credited to what was the underlying fuel to the winning Bears that would take the field a few years down the road.

Walter Payton Timeline 1982 - 1984
Walter Payton Timeline 1982 - 1984
Payton looks out from under his helmet during warm-ups. (AP PHOTO)
Payton looks out from under his helmet during warm-ups. (AP PHOTO)

Payton Timeline 1984

Payton rushes against the New Orleans Saints in an October 8, 1984 game. (AP PHOTO)
Payton rushes against the New Orleans Saints in an October 8, 1984 game. (AP PHOTO)

Walter Payton In Pictures

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Walter Payton cover of Sports Illustrated
Walter Payton cover of Sports Illustrated
Walter Payton Chicago Bears Running Back
Walter Payton Chicago Bears Running Back

Record Breaking

Walter Payton waves to the Soldier Field crowd after breaking the NFL career rushing record on October 7, 1984
Walter Payton waves to the Soldier Field crowd after breaking the NFL career rushing record on October 7, 1984

Walter Payton Timeline

The Ditka Years 1982 -1984

In 1982 "Papa bear" George Halas, in one of his last major ownership acts (he died in 1983), hired a new leader for his Chicago Bears. Ditka who was a former Halas player in the 1960s was the choice. It was Mike Ditka who turned around a team that had been 81-124-1 under the four coaches who had followed Halas' retirement from coaching in 1967. And so in 1982 Mike Ditka became the new Coach of the Chicago Bears.Many sports historians consider this to be the turning point in Payton's career. This turned Payton into the best player on a losing team, to the best player on a winning team. In Ditka's first speech to the players in the Spring of 1982, he told the team that they would be going to the Super Bowl, some would be there and some wouldn't.

This was the first statement of confidence the team had heard from a leader in some time, and Ditka had every intention of backing up his words up. Ditka brought the Bears a winning attitude and together with Jim Finks the General Manager of the Bears, a Chicago Bears team was starting to be put together with some other players that would ensure Payton's success. An already tough defense was bolstered with such players as Richard Dent, Dave Duerson and Wilbur Marshall. The offense, that once featured Payton as its only weapon, added the charismatic Quarterback Jim McMahon, reliable and speedy receivers Willie Gault and Dennis McKinnon, and assembled a dominating offensive line, featuring Jim Covert, Mark Bortz, Jay Hilgenberg, Kurt Becker, Tom Thayer, and Keith VanHorne.

After 3-6 and 8-8 seasons in 1982 and 1983, Chicago felt they were ready for a real run at the postseason in 1984. In addition to dominating the NFC Central by the middle of the '84 campaign, Walter Payton was in position to break Jim Brown's all-time rushing record. Sweetness broke the record early in the third quarter on a toss left, and after a few celebratory high-fives, in his typical fashion he urged everyone off of the field to allow the game to continue.

After the game, Payton dedicated his achievement to all the athletes that didn't have the chance to achieve their goals. He talked about players that came before him such as the late Brian Piccolo. Injecting his typical playful antics into the day, Payton finished his postgame press conference by speaking to President Reagan and asking him to give his best regards to Nancy.

The '84 Bears finished the regular season 10-6, and won their first postseason game since 1963 at Washington. During that game, Payton threw a touchdown pass to THE Pat Dunsmore, adding to his long list of achievements. The following week, Chicago lost the NFC Championship at San Francisco, and TV cameras showed Payton sitting dejectedly on the bench. After the game Payton voiced his sorrow to the press. His team had come so far, and tomorrow is promised to no one, so who knew if he'd get his shot again at the elusive Super Bowl ring.

Walter Payton Football Career Highlights

Walter Payton Timeline 1985
Walter Payton Timeline 1985

Walter Payton Not So Sweet

They called him Sweetness but Walter Payton ran with anger.
They called him Sweetness but Walter Payton ran with anger.

A Running Back and his Quarter Back Looking On

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Walter Payton and Jim McMahon
Walter Payton and Jim McMahon
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The Superbowl Shuffle

Walter Payton, Mike Singletary, Richard Dent, Jim Mcmahon, Dan Hampton, Wilber Marshall, William Perry,
Walter Payton, Mike Singletary, Richard Dent, Jim Mcmahon, Dan Hampton, Wilber Marshall, William Perry,

1985 CHicago Bears Super Bowl Shuffle

Chicago Bears

1985 Superbowl Champions

There are teams that are fair-haired, and those that aren't so fair-haired. Some teams are named Smith, some Grabowski. We're Grabowskis." ~Mike Ditka, January 1986

1985 Records:Preseason 1-3, Regular Season 15-1, Playoffs 3-0

1985 NFL Rankings: Offense 7th Overall, 1st Rush, 20th Pass; Defense 1st Overall, 1st Rush, 3rd Pass

1985 Coaches: Mike Ditka, Head Coach; Buddy Ryan, Defensive Coordinator; Ed Hughes, Offensive Coordinator

  • In the 15 wins by the 1985 Bears, only four games were decided by less than ten points.
  • The 1985 Bears defense was the third highest rated defense against the pass and the #1 defense against the run.
  • Walter Payton (Offensive Player of the Year), Mike Singletary (Defensive Player of the Year), Mike Ditka (Coach of the Year) and a club record of 9 Pro Bowlers
  • The 1985 Chicago Bears won the Super Bowl with their offense crippling Buddy Ryan 46 defense, and it was a season that undoubtedly goes down in the history books as the most successful team in franchise history. Many like to argue the ‘85 Bears as the greatest NFL team of all time.

The Bears’ were hoping for a perfect season, but Dan Marino and the Miami Dolphins defeated the Bears on Monday Night Football during week thirteen, 38-24. It was after this game that a few Bears got together and produced (note, is still considered today to be the anthem of the Chicago Bears) a rap hit Super Bowl Shuffle. It immediately became a phenomenon and even reached as high as #41 on the music charts. It sold a half a million copies and was even nominated for a Grammy that year. Known as "The Chicago Bears Shufflin Crew", Walter Sweetness Payton had the starring role and he was joined with Jim (Punky) McMahon, Samurai Mike Singletary. Also in the video : Willie Gault, Steve Fuller, Mike Richardson, Richard Dent, Gary Fencik, Otis Wilson, William "Refrigerator" Perry

The Bears, then on to win the remainder of the games, and earned the NFC’s top playoff seed with a 15-1 record. The Bears Defense only allowed 12.4 points/game.

Walter Payton reached the high of sports greatness as Chicago defeated New England 46-10 in the Super Bowl. If teammates were asked who the victory would be dedicated to, unequivocally they would say Payton in part for his outstanding career and his complete dedication to the sport. Obvious that this was one football player that was destined to be in the Hall of Fame.

Hall of Fame - NFL Player Walter Payton in Super Bowl XX

The Patriots chase Payton in Super Bowl XX. Payton and the Bears demolished the New England Patriots 46-10 in Super Bowl XX.  (AP PHOTO)
The Patriots chase Payton in Super Bowl XX. Payton and the Bears demolished the New England Patriots 46-10 in Super Bowl XX. (AP PHOTO)
Payton is pursued by a Rams tackler in this 1986 photo. (AP PHOTO)
Payton is pursued by a Rams tackler in this 1986 photo. (AP PHOTO)

Walter Payton Timeline

A SuperBowl Regret

January 26: One of Mike Ditka regrets was that he did not create a scoring opportunity for Payton during the game. Perry's touchdown and McMahon's rushing touchdowns are widely considered as scoring opportunities that were denied to Payton. This not only upset Payton but it angered football fans everywhere. Payton doesn't score in the game, the Bears' only Super Bowl.

1987

December 20: Payton plays his final regular-season game at Soldier Field, rushing for 79 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-21 loss to the Seahawks. The Bears retire his jersey number, 34.

December 27: Payton's final regular-season game is a 6-3 victory for the Bears over the Raiders at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

1988

January 10: Payton plays in his final game, a 21-17 loss to the Redskins in the NFC divisional playoffs at Soldier Field. Payton rushes for 85 yards on 16 carries and has three receptions for 20 yards.

Walter Payton Timeline - Life After Football
Walter Payton Timeline - Life After Football

Hall Of Fame 1993

Walter Payton and son Jarrett hug at Walter's induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on July 31, 1993. (AP PHOTO)
Walter Payton and son Jarrett hug at Walter's induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on July 31, 1993. (AP PHOTO)

Walter Payton Timeline

Life After Football

1993

  • January 30: Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  • July 31: Inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  • Walter formed a CART racing team with partner Dale Coyne, and survived a spectacular collision while racing at Elkhart Lake

1995, A Group of investors got together and they went after bringing an NFL expansion team to Saint Louis, Missouri. The NFL strongly favored the franchise but due to internal dissent among the insiders this never happened, and at this time the NFL awarded franchises to other investment groups in Jacksonvlle (Jaguars) and in Carolina (Panthers).

1996 Walter Payton's Roundhouse, a restaurant and brewpub featuring the Payton Hall of Fame, was opened in Aurora, IL.


Sweetness Sick

Payton February 2, 1999 news conference in which he revealed his rare liver disease and need of a transplant. (AP PHOTO)
Payton February 2, 1999 news conference in which he revealed his rare liver disease and need of a transplant. (AP PHOTO)
The Legacy of Walter Payton - Timeline
The Legacy of Walter Payton - Timeline

Son Jared Peyton

Walter Payton breaks down in tears near the end of his press conference after he announced that he has a rare liver disease that will require him to have a Liver transplant as his son Jarrett gives him a hug.  Photo James Prisching, Chicago Tribune F
Walter Payton breaks down in tears near the end of his press conference after he announced that he has a rare liver disease that will require him to have a Liver transplant as his son Jarrett gives him a hug. Photo James Prisching, Chicago Tribune F

Walter Payton Funeral 1999

Walter Payton's wife Connie and daughter Britteny
Walter Payton's wife Connie and daughter Britteny

Walter Payton

The Legacy of Sweetness

Feb. 2, 1999 - Announced at a news conference that he has an incurable liver disease, primary sclerosing cholangitis, and was seeking a transplant.

Nov. 1, 1999 - Walter died of bile duct cancer at age 45. He is survived by his wife Connie his son Jarrett and his daughter, Brittney.

The day that Walter "Sweetness died" all of Chicago went into full-scale mourning. John Madden, Mike Ditka and others eulogized Payton at his funeral, and thousands of fans and the '99 Bears team showed up at Soldier Field that Saturday to celebrate his life. All the games played that week held a moment of silence to remember this incredible man. The Bears in a final tribute upset Green Bay on a last-second blocked field goal by Bryan Robinson.

Perhaps Payton's greatest achievement in his passing remains that organ donation in Illinois has skyrocketed he announced this illness.

His wife Connie Payton continues to operate the Walter and Connie Payton foundation, which among other things donates Christmas toys to thousands of underprivileged children.

His final public appearance came in April 1999 when, joined by Mike Ditka, he threw out the ceremonial first pitch before a Cubs game at Wrigley Field.

Remembering Walter Payton - Timeline 1954 - 1999
Remembering Walter Payton - Timeline 1954 - 1999

The Biography of Sweetness

The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton
The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton | Source

Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton

If you want to read more about the life of Sweetness, this the is the book to read by Jeff Pearlman. "The Enigmatic Life Of Walter Payton is the definitive biography of the Chicago Bears superstar.

Did You Know

Walter Payton missed only one game in his entire career, demonstrating his incredible durability as a running back. The game was in his rookie season; he went on to play 186 consecutive games.

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Jai Warren 6 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

I loved watching Sweetness play. He had so much heart, both on and off field. How did you ever find the info about "Soul Train"? As always, your football Hubs are the best! Ciao :)


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Right Black 6 years ago from Huntington Beach, California

wavegirl22, love this hub! Walter was pound for pound the best ever. People don't realize that he was a little guy as football goes. He was 5' 10" and weighed 200 lbs. Wow, what an athlete.


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fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois

Sweetness.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Jai- the best part when I was writng this Hub was that I had the NFL channel on (as if Iwatch anything else) and they were televising an old game. What a treat it was to watch him . .it was almost surreal . .I was writing and then it came on! Ha if you search and read enough you find all these tidbits out. . .Soul train. .can you imagine. . the man had talent!!!

~right - I know what you mean .. hard to believe he wasnt a huge monster type guy. . but when you see him on the sidelines you can see he was somewhat small in his physical being. . but for fans like you and me he will forver be the huge greatest Bear (well Sayers was great too) !! Thanks for stopping by .. always nice to see you!

~fish - my co football girl fan. . I knew you would be here. . .I should have opened this Hub as a tribute to your Bears! Cause the years that Walter played it must have been the greatest to be a Bears fan!!! But this year I am seeing some promise from your team . . less than 4 months to kickoff!!!!


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a2z50 6 years ago

Great Hub ! I live near Chicago and Walter Payton was always my most favorite football star . He was such a good person . On and off the field . Great work on this great man. And also what a great family man. These days so many pro athletes let money go to their head and they cause many problems in society instead of using their huge amounts of money for the good of other people.

Great work here!

Thank You

Ron

As always also a2z50


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a2z50 6 years ago

Ooopps I was signed as aq2z50

As always also rprcarz50

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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

thank you Ron and all that you said I could not agree more! A true role model he was . . why is it all the good ones go too soon! Thanks for the visit and your very welcomed comment:)


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samboiam 6 years ago from Texas

Shari, let me tell you again, I love your football hubs. They are simply the best. Emmitt may own the record but Walter Peyton was the man. I am so glad I got to witness part of his career.

Walter proved the old adage to be true. The good die young.

Voted it up.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

sam- you have no idea how happy it makes me to hear you like my football hubs because it is just about one of my most favorite things to do. . 4 months and counting till kickoff and needless to say I am anxiously anticipating having my Sunday game day back. .till then I somehow will find fun football Hubs to write!!! Cause as you can tell I am a football freakazoid!!! Love when you come by ;)


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romper20 6 years ago from California

Simply put, executed intelligently, and a very interesting article on one of my favorites Walter Payton! Great job A+ Hubber


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

He smile nicely too, he deserve a hub from a beautiful lady, Take care, Maita


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

~ romper20 - thanks so much for stopping by and even more for your love for Payton . as you can tell by this Hub I couldnt agree with you more!! Again many thanks for such a great comment .. made me smile!

~ pretty - thanks for that my friend .. it is always a shinning moment when you stop by:)


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

A great tribute to not only a champion athlete but a champion man - today's players should be looking at him not just from the skill point of view but how to handle themselves.


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

Wow! You really know your football! Great hub, wavegirl!


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

~ billyaustindillon - I could not agree with you more. He is a true hero in my books and certainly someone more of the stars of today should be looking to emulate! Thanks for the comments and always love when you come for a visit!

~ Ann Nonymous - lol . .me and my football .. I can never get enough of it. Thank goodness for the NFL channel otherwise I would not know where I would get my "fix" during the offseason! Thanks for the nice comment and the visit;)))


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Shawn Scarborough 6 years ago from The Lone Star State

I loved this hub, great job! Walter Payton truly was one of the greatest players to ever play in the NFL. He was a good man on and off the field. Today's players can learn a lot from the example he set.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Shawn - every time I come back to this Hub I marvel at this man. You bet todays players could learn a thing of too from this amazing man, football player, husband, father, son and and friend.

Glad to see you around . .hope you plan on staying for the upcoming season;)


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JBeadle 6 years ago from Midwest

As a Packer fan I've always gone against Da Bears. But you couldn't go against Sweetness. He was the best running back I've ever seen play. As a kid I went to a Packers-Bears game in Green Bay and Walter rushed for over 200 yds. I didn't know who he was but I hated that they kept giving him the ball. It was an honor to see him play live like that although at the time I didn't appreciate it at all - I just wanted out of the cold that day. Still, he stood out then as always. A great person and a great running back - and a very good hub going over his life and career. Thanks.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

JBeadle - ah if only we knew then what we know now. I totally related to not appreciating seeing Sweetness play. A complete amazing man was this star football player!


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CMerritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

This is the most excellent tribute to Sweetness, that I have ever seen. I was planning on doing something, but this takes the cake. He was my all time favorite person. Without a doubt the greatest football player to step on any field.

Excellent hub!!


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

How did I miss this comment!!! I love everything about this man. There will never be another sweetness in my book. Thanks for stopping by.


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Fenixfan 6 years ago from Mississippi

Sweetness, in my mind, is probably the greatest athlete to have ever graced the NFL. I'm not old enough to remember his hay day, but after watching nearly all of his games available, he was nothing short of amazing. Gone too soon. You could write 100 more articles like this and I would read them all. Great job. Voted up.

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