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Walter Payton

Walter Jerry Payton (Sweetness)

Position: RB
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 (22nd 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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Fine Details  · Last updated Mar 23, 2015 11:04AM
All-Time Rank: #1. Otto Graham… #2. Y.A. Tittle… #3. Barry Sanders… #4. WALTER PAYTON… #5. Emlen Tunnell… #6. Lenny Moore… #7. Sam Huff… 

Rushing & Receiving

Games Rushing Receiving
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Tgt Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb AV
1975 21 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*+ 22 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*+ 23 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* 24 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* 25 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*+ 26 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 27 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 28 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* 29 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*+ 30 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*+ 31 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* 32 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 33 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

Playoffs Rushing & Receiving

Games Rushing Receiving
Year Age Tm Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Tgt Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
1977*+ 23 CHI RB 1 1 19 60 0 11 3.2 60.0 19.0 3 33 11.0 0 20 3.0 33.0 93 0 1
1979* 25 CHI RB 1 1 16 67 2 12 4.2 67.0 16.0 3 52 17.3 0 31 3.0 52.0 119 2 0
1984*+ 30 CHI RB 2 2 46 196 0 20 4.3 98.0 23.0 4 23 5.8 0 12 2.0 11.5 219 0 0
1985 ❍ 31 CHI RB 3 3 67 186 0 12 2.8 62.0 22.3 8 52 6.5 0 19 2.7 17.3 238 0 2
1986* 32 CHI RB 1 1 14 38 0 9 2.7 38.0 14.0 1 -2 -2.0 0 -2 1.0 -2.0 36 0 1
1987 33 CHI RB 1 1 18 85 0 16 4.7 85.0 18.0 3 20 6.7 0 9 3.0 20.0 105 0 0
Career 9 9 180 632 2 20 3.5 70.2 20.0 3 22 178 8.1 0 31 2.4 19.8 810 2 4

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 21 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* 25 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*+ 26 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 27 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 28 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* 29 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*+ 30 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*+ 31 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* 32 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 33 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

Playoffs Passing

Year Age Tm Pos 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
1984*+ 30 CHI RB 1 1 0-0 1 2 50.0 19 1 50.0 0 0.0 19 9.5 19.5 19.0 19.0 122.9 9.50 19.50 0.0
Career 9 9 0-0 1 2 50.0 19 1 50.0 0 0.0 19 9.5 19.5 19.0 2.1 122.9 0 0 9.50 19.50 0.0

Defense & Fumbles

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

Kick & Punt Returns

Games 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 21 CHI RB 34 13 7 14 444 0 70 31.7 1336
1976*+ 22 CHI RB 34 14 14 1 0 0 0 0.0 1539
1977*+ 23 CHI RB 34 14 14 2 95 0 68 47.5 2216
Career 190 184 17 539 0 70 31.7 21803

Playoffs Kick & Punt Returns

Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
Year Age Tm Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
1977*+ 23 CHI RB 1 1 3 57 0 27 19.0 150
Career 9 9 3 57 0 27 19.0 867

Kicking & Punting

Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring 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 21 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 21 CHI RB 34 13 7 7 7 42
1976*+ 22 CHI RB 34 14 14 13 13 78
1977*+ 23 CHI RB 34 14 14 14 2 16 96
1978* 24 CHI RB 34 16 16 11 11 66
1979* 25 CHI RB 34 16 16 14 2 16 96
1980*+ 26 CHI RB 34 16 16 6 1 7 42
1981 27 CHI RB 34 16 16 6 2 8 48
1982 28 CHI RB 34 9 9 1 1 6
1983* 29 CHI RB 34 16 16 6 2 8 48
1984*+ 30 CHI RB 34 16 16 11 11 66
1985*+ 31 CHI RB 34 16 16 9 2 11 66
1986* 32 CHI RB 34 16 16 8 3 11 66
1987 33 CHI RB 34 12 12 4 1 5 30
Career 190 184 110 15 125 750

Playoffs Scoring Summary

Year Age Tm Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
1979* 25 CHI RB 1 1 2 2 12
Career 9 9 2 2 12

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3 Ray Rice, Arian Foster, Thurman Thomas*, Emmitt Smith*, Travis Henry, LaDainian Tomlinson, Joseph Addai, Chris Johnson, Larry Brown, Steven Jackson
4 Ray Rice, Abner Haynes, Ricky Watters, Eric Dickerson*, Gale Sayers*, Clinton Portis, Arian Foster, LaDainian Tomlinson, Chris Johnson, William Andrews
5 Ray Rice, Marcus Allen*, Billy Sims, Ricky Watters, Abner Haynes, William Andrews, Warrick Dunn, Marshall Faulk*, Chuck Foreman, Eric Dickerson*
6 Chuck Foreman, Ricky Watters, Barry Sanders*, Eric Dickerson*, Tony Dorsett*, Marcus Allen*, Lawrence McCutcheon, Warrick Dunn, Thurman Thomas*, William Andrews
7 Chuck Foreman, Barry Sanders*, Ricky Watters, Eric Dickerson*, Marcus Allen*, Warrick Dunn, Clinton Portis, Larry Brown, Tony Dorsett*, Curtis Martin*
8 Eric Dickerson*, Ricky Watters, Barry Sanders*, Warrick Dunn, Frank Gore, Tony Dorsett*, Thurman Thomas*, Eddie George, Marcus Allen*, Chuck Foreman
9 Ricky Watters, Thurman Thomas*, Tony Dorsett*, Eric Dickerson*, Franco Harris*, Curtis Martin*, Barry Sanders*, Roger Craig, Emmitt Smith*, Frank Gore
10 Ricky Watters, Tony Dorsett*, Barry Sanders*, Emmitt Smith*, Thurman Thomas*, Curtis Martin*, Franco Harris*, Eric Dickerson*, LaDainian Tomlinson, Warrick Dunn
11 Barry Sanders*, Tony Dorsett*, Ricky Watters, Emmitt Smith*, LaDainian Tomlinson, Thurman Thomas*, Curtis Martin*, Warrick Dunn, Franco Harris*, Marshall Faulk*
12 Barry Sanders*, Emmitt Smith*, Tony Dorsett*, Ricky Watters, LaDainian Tomlinson, Curtis Martin*, Warrick Dunn, Franco Harris*, Thurman Thomas*, Marshall Faulk*
13 Barry Sanders*, Emmitt Smith*, Tony Dorsett*, Ricky Watters, LaDainian Tomlinson, Curtis Martin*, Thurman Thomas*, Warrick Dunn, Franco Harris*, Marshall Faulk*
Career Barry Sanders*, Tony Dorsett*, Emmitt Smith*, Ricky Watters, LaDainian Tomlinson, Curtis Martin*, Warrick Dunn, Thurman Thomas*, Franco Harris*, Marshall Faulk*

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 21 13 RB 129 16 17 52
1976 22 14 RB 232 124 2 3
1977 23 14 RB 308 217 1 1
1978 24 16 RB 254 106 1 1
1979 25 16 RB 294 148 1 1
1980 26 16 RB 225 97 4 6
1981 27 16 RB 208 62 13 24
1982 28 9 RB 102 40 14 37
1983 29 16 RB 263 112 4 7
1984 30 16 RB 279 153 4 5
1985 31 16 RB 277 127 4 4
1986 32 16 RB 236 98 5 9
1987 33 12 RB 103 28
2910 1300