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Athlete Number 34 - Walter Payton



Sweetness comes in as the best athlete to wear number 34. He is in my opinion, the best running back to ever play football in the NFL. He could run through, over or around you. Sir Sweetness used his skills to become the NFL's all-time leading rusher from 1984 through 2002. (Emmitt Smith now holds that title.) Walter Payton was the NFL and Pro Bowl MVP in 1977. Walter was elected to the Pro Bowl nine times, and held the record for most consecutive years with 1,000 plus yards (10.)

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35 comments:

  1. Anonymous9:33 PM

    Classy on and off the field. Clearly the best #34.

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  2. Anonymous2:26 AM

    what about Nolan Ryan?

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    1. Anonymous7:49 PM

      Has to be either Nolan Ryan or Earl Campbell

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    2. Anonymous6:25 PM

      Nolan Ryan had his best years with the Mets and Angels during which he wore No. 30. Earl Campbell was great but one dimensional. Payton was great at everything.

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  3. Anonymous7:19 AM

    Nolan Ryan or 4 time world champ, Shaq. Too bad he can't just keep one number.

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  4. Anonymous11:18 AM

    Another number with multiple stars. Payton, Ryan, Earl Campbell, Kirby Puckett, Shaq.

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  5. Justin5:46 PM

    Olajuwon, Barkley, Shaq, Nolan Ryan...this is almost as poor a choice as 33 was, but at least Payton accomplished something.

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  6. Anonymous6:25 PM

    ridiculous.. i have the up most respect for payton but nolan ryan hands down accomplished more than payton did

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  7. Anonymous9:44 PM

    i love walter payton, but this one gotta go to nolan ryan. 7 no-hitters, the next in line is Sandy Koufax with only 4. Nolan had the longest career for pitchers. nobody has passed ryan's numbers, but emmitt did pass walter.

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  8. Sweetness all the way, talk to a Swerski they'll tell you. Although Nolan is a close 2nd, especially for the old man beating he put on Robin Ventura.

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  9. Anonymous3:57 AM

    This is a tough one. Ryan and Walter are greatness personified. If you gave Nolan or Payton the ball, they would win you the game.

    BTW, when Emmett passed Walter, he had so any "gimme" yards past his prime and playing for the Cardinals.

    Walter or Barry Sanders for that matter wouldn't have gone down like that. Those guys weren't charity cases like Emmett was.

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  10. Anonymous6:34 PM

    Emmitt passed Payton while he was with the Cowboys. There were no "charity" yards. Look things up before you open your mouth.

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  11. Anonymous6:35 PM

    While Sweetness was a great player, he did not put his records beyond reach. Nolan Ryan did.

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  12. Anonymous5:53 PM

    I really think Nolan Ryan is really close to Payton for being the best #34.

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  13. Anonymous7:10 PM

    Kirby Puckett

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  14. Anonymous5:15 PM

    omg!! i play youth football and that is my number sweet!!!...and im 13

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  15. Anonymous5:19 PM

    sweet...omg...im number 34 in football...but im not black -no offence-

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  16. Anonymous5:20 PM

    sweet im number 34...in youth football -dolhins baby-

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  17. Anonymous11:04 AM

    Hakeem, like Kareem for # 33, and Magic for # 32 had to play both ends of the floor. They don't get to sit out while the offense or defense takes the field. And both offense and defense get a break while special teams take the field. This is not a goalie who pretty much stays at one end of the playing surface and waits for the action to come to him. These are athletes that run back and forth to cover all aspects of their sport.

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  18. Walter Payton was real good, but it is tough not to go with Nolan Ryan here.

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  19. Anonymous9:56 PM

    Sweetness was just that -- sweetness on two feet. Nobody as smooth as Walter. But for sheer greatness, Earl the Pearl gets my vote. They're still talking about how the toughest linebackers and defensive linemen would not try to bring him down -- they'd just try to hang on for the minimum 8 seconds to qualify their ride. Watch an Earl Campbell highlight film (college & pro) and it will bring you to tears. Not to leave Nolan out; everyone who follows baseball can tell you where they were when he threw at least one of those 7 no-no's!

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  20. Anonymous9:12 PM

    Bo Jackson?

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  21. Anonymous9:35 PM

    does anyone remember this great player on the celtics with the number 34? PAUL PIERCE, check him out

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  22. Very close call between Payton and Ryan, but the call goes to Payton. Ryan was a great strikeout artist but not a complete pitcher; led the league in K's 11 times, but led in walks 7 times. Never led in wins, but led in losses once. Payton was a complete running back...rushing, receiving, and blocking.

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  23. Anonymous6:40 AM

    Maybe it's just because I'm a Texan but let's see, Baseball #34 Nolan Ryan, Basketball #34 Hakeem, Football #34 Earl Campbell

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  24. Anonymous8:18 PM

    This is a tough one for me. I love Payton and Ryan and Campbell and you could make an argument for all of them and of course some of you have already, but I'm not sure there would be much debate if Bo Jackson had had a full career.

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  25. Maybe it's just because I'm an Auburn fan, but I like Bo and Barkley...

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  26. Anonymous9:45 PM

    Agree Walter but gotta think about putting Len Bias in the conversation.

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  27. Anonymous1:19 PM

    Another great running back to wear #34 was Herschel Walker.

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  28. Anonymous8:29 AM

    So by the numbers, I'd give it to Ryan for his career accomplishments. But simply the best athlete to wear #34, well Bo knows!

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  29. Anonymous4:15 PM

    I agree about Emmit earning all he achieved; but total yardage isn't the best measure of a back. If that were the case Jim Brown wouldn't be almost universally considered #1.
    For the same reason, sheer number of wins, strikeouts, or no-hitters is not the measure of the best pitcher. Great as Nolan was, for so long too, there are a few pitchers of that era, much less all-time I would rather have had. Frankly, he wouldn't make my all-time starting rotation; but Sweetness is definitely among the top 5 running backs of all-time. I give slight nod to Walter.

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  30. Anonymous11:17 PM

    Kirby Puckett...I loved him ...loved seeing him run...ps I'm a girl

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  31. Bo Jackson.......

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  32. Hands down Payton. Most complete athlete period. Others may have been great at one aspect of their respective games but can't compete in the total completeness Payton exhibited. I will say it would have been nice to see Bo Jackson have a complete career so a true comparison can be made. As for those folks out there who believe Emmitt Smith is the all-time rushing leader, he would never have come close if he didn't have the tremendous front line he had. If Smith had to endure the beatings that Payton and Barry Sanders had because of their front line, Smith's career would have ended very quickly and without the elevated status he has.

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  33. It is Payton fo sho but love to Big Papi

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