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Dead Person Of The Day November 1 – Walter Payton

1 Comment 01 November 2011

Jim Brown is insufferable but that video is still pretty sick. ANYWAYS, just another great American served up for a DPD. Please note this is SI’s first appearance in the NOR. We believe in giving credit where it’s due.

Walter Payton ( July 25, 1954 – November 1, 1999)

CHICAGO (AP) — Walter Payton, the NFL’s greatest rusher whose aggressive style masked a playful temperament that earned him the nickname “Sweetness,” died Monday at age 45.

Payton died of bile duct cancer that was discovered during his treatment earlier this year for primary sclerosing cholangitis, a rare liver disease.

Payton rushed for 16,726 yards in his 13-year career, one of sport’s most awesome records. And Barry Sanders ensured it would be one of the most enduring, retiring in July despite being just 1,458 yards shy of breaking Payton’s mark.

“I want to set the record so high that the next person who tries for it, it’s going to bust his heart,” Payton once said. Continue Reading

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  1. Joseph Jacksonville says:

    It has to be between Payton and Barry as to who the best/most exciting players of the past 50 years. Jim Brown would be in there, but I am pretty sure most people just remember him from this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORztFURoec0


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