Is he the best running back ever in the NFL? Quite possibly. Is Walter Payton the best athlete to ever wear an NFL jersey number 34? Certainly. He is also the best professional athlete to ever wear the jersey number 34 in any sport.
Playing his entire NFL career with the Chicago Bears, Payton was a nine time Pro Bowler and a nine time All Pro. A few more of Payton's accomplishments in the NFL:
- 110 career touchdowns
- 16,726 career rushing yards (all-time rushing leader until passed by Emmitt Smith)
- 1993 Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee
- 1977 NFL MVP
- Super Bowl XX Champion
- NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
- NFL 1970's All Decade Team
- NFL 1980's All Decade Team
Did you know......Walter Payton played his college football at Jackson State University?