The 20 Greatest Running Backs in NFL History

3. Walter Payton

Years Played: 1975-1987
All Time Stats: 16,276 Rushing Yards, 110 Rushing TDs, 4.4 Yards Per Carry
Accolades: 1986 Super Bowl Champion, 1977 NFL MVP, 9x Pro Bowler, 6x All-Pro

A life taken far too soon, Walter Payton represented everything that was good about the NFL while he graced this Earth. Oh and he was also a fucking monster on the field! Payton led his Bears to multiple winning seasons and an eventual Super Bowl as he tore the hearts out of defenses, pounding them all day on the ground. Sweetness was fearless when he ran and arguably reinvented the idea of a power back with his smarts and motor that just didn't stop. When he retired he was the all time leader in rushing yards and TDs, records that would later be broken, but Payton will never be forgotten in talks for the greatest backs in NFL history.

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