08. Walter Payton

Nola McConnan + Tim Cortes

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Watercolor Painting

Nola McConnan + Tim Cortes

In 2013 the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Museum celebrated its 50th anniversary by adding a new addition adjacent to the original building. The new section of the Hall of Fame was joined to the existing section by means of a passageway called the Time Tunnel. The Hall of Fame decided to decorate the...

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In 2013 the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Museum celebrated its 50th anniversary by adding a new addition adjacent to the original building. The new section of the Hall of Fame was joined to the existing section by means of a passageway called the Time Tunnel. The Hall of Fame decided to decorate the passageway by showing life-size portraits of The 15 Greatest NFL Players of All Time. The Hall of Fame hired Scott Sillcox of Heritage Sports Art to create the player images. This framed piece contains the two actual original pieces of art that were used to create the life-size image of Player #8 in the timeline – Walter Payton. To the viewer’s left is the actual original watercolor painting of Payton’s uniformed body, while the image in the center-top is the actual original painting of Payton’s head. The image to the viewer’s right is the final art that was electronically created using the two original pieces of art, and it is this compiled image that has been enlarged to life-size and can be found in the Time Tunnel at the Hall of Fame. 

The outer dimensions of this framed piece, as measured from the outside of the frame to the outside of the frame, are 35" wide x 32" tall.

Walter Payton, the Chicago Bears' first-round choice and the fourth player selected in the 1975 National Football League Draft, developed into a superstar of unusual dimensions during his 13-season NFL tenure from 1975 to 1987, all of which he spent with the Chicago Bears.

The 5-10, 200-pound running back who rushed for 3,563 yards in four seasons at Jackson State went on to dominate the rushing section of the NFL record book during and long after his career ended. 

The records he held at the time of his retirement included 16,726 total yards, 10 seasons with 1,000 or more yards rushing, 275 yards rushing in one game against Minnesota (1977), 77 games with more than 100 yards rushing, and 110 rushing touchdowns. Payton had 4,368 combined net attempts and accounted for 21,803 combined net yards. He also scored an impressive 750 points on 125 touchdowns.

Payton won the NFC rushing title five straight years from 1976 to 1980. He also led the NFC with 96 points in 1977 and won the NFL kickoff return championship in his rookie 1975 campaign. He was named both All-Pro and All-NFC seven times and played in nine Pro Bowl games. Payton was selected as the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 1977 and 1985, the NFL Offensive Player of the Year in 1977 and 1985 and the NFC Most Valuable Player in 1977. 

An amazing runner, Walter rushed for more than 1,000 yards 10 of his 13 seasons. His best season came in 1977, when he ran for 1,852 yards, third best in history at that time. Payton's 492 career pass receptions for 4,538 yards and 15 touchdowns contributed to his exceptional combined net yard totals.

Extremely durable, Payton missed one game in his rookie campaign and then played in 186 consecutive games.

WALTER JERRY PAYTON … JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY ... 5'10'', 200 ... FIRST-ROUND PICK, 1975 DRAFT... QUICKLY ESTABLISHED HIMSELF AS SUPER STAR...RETIRED AS ALL-TIME LEADER IN RUSHING, COMBINED NET YARDS ... CAREER STATS: 16,726 YARDS, 110 TDS RUSHING; 492 RECEPTIONS FOR 4,538 YARDS; 21,803 COMBINED NET YARDS, 125 TOUCHDOWNS ... ALL-PRO SEVEN TIMES ... PLAYED IN NINE PRO BOWLS ... HELD SINGLE-GAME RUSHING RECORD OF 275 YARDS ... HAD 77 GAMES OVER 100 YARDS RUSHING ... BORN JULY 25, 1954, IN COLUMBIA, MISSISSIPPI ... DIED NOVEMBER 1, 1999 AT AGE OF 45.

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