Walter Payton
Jackson State
1971-74

Walter Payton was a two-time first team All-American in 1973 and 1974 at Jackson State University.  He ran for 3,563 yards and scored 66 total touchdowns,  setting  the NCAA scoring record with 464 points.  He set a Southwestern Athletic Conference record for most points in a game and led the nation in  scoring in 1973 with 160 points.  He was a four year starter at Jackson State, setting nine school records and receiving votes for the Heisman Trophy in 1974.  In 37 games he had  584 carries for 3,563 yards, averaging 6.1 yards per carry. He also had  474 yards passing for a total of 4,037 career yards. He added five field goals and 53 extra points for 464 total points.   Payton was a first round draft pick by the Chicago Bears in 1975.  He played 13 seasons and was named to the pro Bowl nine times. 

By the end of his professional career, Payton was the NFLís all-time leading rusher with 16,726 yards.  In 1987, the Most Valuable Player Trophy for Division I-AA was named in his honor.  In 1993, he was named to the Black College All-Time team. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993. Payton was also named to the NFLís 75th Anniversary All-Time team in 1994 and has been inducted into the JSU Sports Hall of Fame and SWAC Hall of Fame.  He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996, and in 1997, Payton was named to the Division II Football Team of the Quarter Century. He was also a member of the Chicago Bears Board of Directors.   He died on November 1, 1999.


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