Walter Jerry Payton (Sweetness)
Height: 5-10 Weight: 200 lbs.
Born: July 25, 1954 in Columbia, MS
Died: November 1, 1999 in South Barrington, IL
High School: Columbia, Jefferson
College: Jackson St. (school history)
Drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 1st round (4th overall) of the 1975 NFL Draft.
Weighted Career AV (100-95-...): 128 (21st overall since 1950)
Relatives: Father of Jarrett Payton and Brother of Eddie Payton
9-time Pro Bowler & 5-time First-Team All-Pro (fine print)
Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1993
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