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Walter Payton

Walter Jerry Payton (Sweetness)

Position: RB
Height: 5-10    Weight: 200 lbs.

Born: July 25, 1953 in Columbia, MS
Died: November 1, 1999 in South Barrington, IL
High School: Hillsboro, Lake Forest
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 (22nd overall since 1950)

Relatives: Father of Jarrett Payton
9-time Pro Bowler & 5-time First-Team All-Pro (fine print)
Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1993

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Fine Details  · Last updated Jul 16, 2014 1:25PM
All-Time Rank: #4. Jim Brown… #5. Joe Montana… #6. Steve Young… #7. WALTER PAYTON… #8. Otto Graham… #9. Joe Greene… #10. Barry Sanders… 

Rushing & Receiving

Rushing Receiving
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb AV
1975 22 CHI RB 34 13 7 196 679 7 54 3.5 52.2 15.1 33 213 6.5 0 40 2.5 16.4 892 7 9 6
1976*+ 23 CHI RB 34 14 14 311 1390 13 60 4.5 99.3 22.2 15 149 9.9 0 34 1.1 10.6 1539 13 10 14
1977*+ 24 CHI RB 34 14 14 339 1852 14 73 5.5 132.3 24.2 27 269 10.0 2 75 1.9 19.2 2121 16 11 20
1978* 25 CHI RB 34 16 16 333 1395 11 76 4.2 87.2 20.8 50 480 9.6 0 61 3.1 30.0 1875 11 5 15
1979* 26 CHI RB 34 16 16 369 1610 14 43 4.4 100.6 23.1 31 313 10.1 2 65 1.9 19.6 1923 16 7 15
1980*+ 27 CHI RB 34 16 16 317 1460 6 69 4.6 91.3 19.8 46 367 8.0 1 54 2.9 22.9 1827 7 5 15
1981 28 CHI RB 34 16 16 339 1222 6 39 3.6 76.4 21.2 41 379 9.2 2 30 2.6 23.7 1601 8 9 8
1982 29 CHI RB 34 9 9 148 596 1 26 4.0 66.2 16.4 32 311 9.7 0 40 3.6 34.6 907 1 3 10
1983* 30 CHI RB 34 16 16 314 1421 6 49 4.5 88.8 19.6 53 607 11.5 2 74 3.3 37.9 2028 8 5 13
1984*+ 31 CHI RB 34 16 16 381 1684 11 72 4.4 105.3 23.8 45 368 8.2 0 31 2.8 23.0 2052 11 5 16
1985*+ 32 CHI RB 34 16 16 324 1551 9 40 4.8 96.9 20.3 49 483 9.9 2 65 3.1 30.2 2034 11 6 18
1986* 33 CHI RB 34 16 16 321 1333 8 41 4.2 83.3 20.1 37 382 10.3 3 57 2.3 23.9 1715 11 6 12
1987 34 CHI RB 34 12 12 146 533 4 17 3.7 44.4 12.2 33 217 6.6 1 16 2.8 18.1 750 5 5 6
Career 190 184 3838 16726 110 76 4.4 88.0 20.2 492 4538 9.2 15 75 2.6 23.9 21264 125 86 168

Passing

Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate Sk Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
1975 22 CHI RB 34 13 7 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 1 100.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.00 -45.00 0.0
1979* 26 CHI RB 34 16 16 1 1 100.0 54 1 100.0 0 0.0 54 54.0 74.0 54.0 3.4 158.3 0 0 54.00 74.00 0.0
1980*+ 27 CHI RB 34 16 16 0 3 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
1981 28 CHI RB 34 16 16 0 2 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
1982 29 CHI RB 34 9 9 1 3 33.3 39 1 33.3 0 0.0 39 13.0 19.7 39.0 4.3 121.5 0 0 13.00 19.67 0.0
1983* 30 CHI RB 34 16 16 3 6 50.0 95 3 50.0 2 33.3 56 15.8 10.8 31.7 5.9 95.8 0 0 15.83 10.83 0.0
1984*+ 31 CHI RB 34 16 16 3 8 37.5 47 2 25.0 1 12.5 42 5.9 5.3 15.7 2.9 57.8 0 0 5.88 5.25 0.0
1985*+ 32 CHI RB 34 16 16 3 5 60.0 96 1 20.0 0 0.0 50 19.2 23.2 32.0 6.0 143.7 0 0 19.20 23.20 0.0
1986* 33 CHI RB 34 16 16 0 4 0.0 0 0 0.0 1 25.0 0 0.0 -11.3 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.00 -11.25 0.0
1987 34 CHI RB 34 12 12 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 1 100.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.00 -45.00 0.0
Career 190 184 11 34 32.4 331 8 23.5 6 17.6 56 9.7 6.5 30.1 1.7 69.6 0 0 9.74 6.50 0.0

Comeback and game-winning drive numbers are based on research by Scott Kacsmar, as described in parts I, II, and III on the blog.

Kick & Punt Returns

Punt Returns Kick Returns
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
1975 22 CHI RB 34 13 7 14 444 0 70 31.7 1336
1976*+ 23 CHI RB 34 14 14 1 0 0 0 0.0 1539
1977*+ 24 CHI RB 34 14 14 2 95 0 68 47.5 2216
Career 190 184 17 539 0 70 31.7 21803

Defense & Fumbles

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
1975 22 CHI RB 34 13 7 0 9 1 0 0
1976*+ 23 CHI RB 34 14 14 0 10 0 0 0
1977*+ 24 CHI RB 34 14 14 0 11 5 0 0
1978* 25 CHI RB 34 16 16 0 5 2 0 0
1979* 26 CHI RB 34 16 16 0 7 2 0 0
1980*+ 27 CHI RB 34 16 16 0 5 3 0 0
1981 28 CHI RB 34 16 16 0 9 3 0 0
1982 29 CHI RB 34 9 9 0 3 1 0 0
1983* 30 CHI RB 34 16 16 0 5 2 0 0
1984*+ 31 CHI RB 34 16 16 0 5 1 0 0
1985*+ 32 CHI RB 34 16 16 0 6 1 0 0
1986* 33 CHI RB 34 16 16 0 6 0 0 0
1987 34 CHI RB 34 12 12 0 5 0 0 0
Career 190 184 0 86 21 0 0

Kicking & Punting

0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT Punting
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
1975 22 CHI RB 34 13 7 1 39 39 0 39.0
Career 190 184 1 39 39 0 39.0

Scoring Summary

Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
1975 22 CHI RB 34 13 7 7 7 42
1976*+ 23 CHI RB 34 14 14 13 13 78
1977*+ 24 CHI RB 34 14 14 14 2 16 96
1978* 25 CHI RB 34 16 16 11 11 66
1979* 26 CHI RB 34 16 16 14 2 16 96
1980*+ 27 CHI RB 34 16 16 6 1 7 42
1981 28 CHI RB 34 16 16 6 2 8 48
1982 29 CHI RB 34 9 9 1 1 6
1983* 30 CHI RB 34 16 16 6 2 8 48
1984*+ 31 CHI RB 34 16 16 11 11 66
1985*+ 32 CHI RB 34 16 16 9 2 11 66
1986* 33 CHI RB 34 16 16 8 3 11 66
1987 34 CHI RB 34 12 12 4 1 5 30
Career 190 184 110 15 125 750

Similar Players

NumYrs Players whose career was of similar quality and shape
3 Ricky Watters, Abner Haynes, Chuck Foreman, Terrell Davis, Marcus Allen*, Emmitt Smith*, Billy Sims, LaDainian Tomlinson, Jim Brown*, Barry Sanders*
4 Hugh McElhenny*, Chuck Foreman, Ricky Watters, Marcus Allen*, Ricky Williams, Clinton Portis, Billy Sims, Thurman Thomas*, William Andrews, LaDainian Tomlinson
5 Billy Sims, Ricky Watters, Chuck Foreman, Bobby Mitchell*, William Andrews, Hugh McElhenny*, Tony Dorsett*, Lawrence McCutcheon, LaDainian Tomlinson, Leon Hart
6 Bobby Mitchell*, Chuck Foreman, Barry Sanders*, Ricky Watters, Eric Dickerson*, Jim Brown*, Hugh McElhenny*, Lenny Moore*, Tony Dorsett*, Lawrence McCutcheon
7 Bobby Mitchell*, Barry Sanders*, Ricky Watters, Eric Dickerson*, Roger Craig, Del Shofner, Marcus Allen*, Lenny Moore*, Hugh McElhenny*, Adrian Peterson
8 Barry Sanders*, Bobby Mitchell*, Tony Dorsett*, Ricky Watters, Roger Craig, Jim Brown*, Eric Dickerson*, Eddie George, Thurman Thomas*, John Williams
9 Ricky Watters, Barry Sanders*, Bobby Mitchell*, Lenny Moore*, Tony Dorsett*, Jim Brown*, Tiki Barber, Roger Craig, Emmitt Smith*, Thurman Thomas*
10 Barry Sanders*, Jim Brown*, Ricky Watters, Tony Dorsett*, Bobby Mitchell*, Franco Harris*, Emmitt Smith*, LaDainian Tomlinson, Tiki Barber, Curtis Martin*
11 Barry Sanders*, Jim Brown*, Emmitt Smith*, Tony Dorsett*, Bobby Mitchell*, Ricky Watters, LaDainian Tomlinson, Curtis Martin*, Thurman Thomas*, Lenny Moore*
12 Barry Sanders*, Emmitt Smith*, Jim Brown*, Tony Dorsett*, Bobby Mitchell*, Ricky Watters, Lenny Moore*, LaDainian Tomlinson, Curtis Martin*, Franco Harris*
13 Barry Sanders*, Emmitt Smith*, Jim Brown*, Tony Dorsett*, Bobby Mitchell*, Ricky Watters, Lenny Moore*, LaDainian Tomlinson, Curtis Martin*, Thurman Thomas*
Career Barry Sanders*, Tony Dorsett*, Jim Brown*, Emmitt Smith*, Ricky Watters, Curtis Martin*, Franco Harris*, Thurman Thomas*, Marshall Faulk*, LaDainian Tomlinson

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year Lg Value (Rank/All-Time)

All-Pro Teams

Fantasy

Year Age G FantPos FantPt VBD PosRank OvRank
1975 22 13 RB 129 16 17 52
1976 23 14 RB 232 124 2 3
1977 24 14 RB 308 217 1 1
1978 25 16 RB 254 112 1 1
1979 26 16 RB 294 148 1 1
1980 27 16 RB 225 98 4 6
1981 28 16 RB 208 75 13 21
1982 29 9 RB 102 42 14 36
1983 30 16 RB 263 113 4 7
1984 31 16 RB 279 156 4 5
1985 32 16 RB 277 127 4 4
1986 33 16 RB 236 98 5 9
1987 34 12 RB 103 26
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