Walter Payton was drafted out of Jackson State in the 1st round of the 1975 Draft by the Chicago Bears.
Payton found success early in his career. In just his third season, he led the league in rushing yards with 1,852 - third most in NFL history at that time.
In all during his 13-year NFL career, Payton rushed for over 1,000 yards in 10 different seasons.
On Oct. 7, 1984 against the New Orleans Saints, Payton reached the pinnacle of his career when he surpassed Jim Brown as the NFL's all-time leading rusher.
He was named both All-Pro and All-NFC seven times and played in nine Pro Bowl games.
Extremely durable, Payton missed one game in his rookie campaign and then played in 186 consecutive games.
Walter Payton was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.
Walter delivers his induction speech from the front staeps of the Hall on July 31, 1993.
Walter chose his son, Jarrett, to be his presenter. It marked the first time in the Hall's history that a father chose his son to present him for induction.
Walter Payton's Hall of Fame mural.
Walter Payton's Hall of Fame bust.