This Day In Sports History (September 20th) — Walter Payton

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It was on this day in 1987 that Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton scored his record breaking 107th career regular season rushing touchdown.  Payton broke the record, which was previously held by Cleveland Browns great Jim Brown.

Without a doubt, Walter Payton was one of the greatest football players that ever played the game.  At the time of his retirement he had the most career rushing touchdowns, most career rushing yards and no player carried the ball more times in their career than “Sweetness”.  He was a nine-time Pro Bowler and was named league M.V.P. for the 1977 season.  Payton’s greatest on-field accomplishment was being one of the leaders of the SuperBowl champion 1985 Chicago Bears, a team considered by many to be one of the greatest of all-time.

Payton would retire from football in 1987 with a record 110 rushing touchdowns.  However, his record would not last long.  In 1995, Kansas City Chiefs running back Marcus Allen broke Payton’s record with his 111th career rushing touchdown.

Here is a tribute to Walter Payton.

Notable Birthdays

Guy LaFleur, NHL – Born September 20th 1951 (age 62) in Thurso, Quebec

Dante Hall, NFL – Born September 20th 1978 (age 35) in Lufkin, Texas

John Tavares, NHL – Born September 20th 1990 (age 23) in Mississauga, Ontario

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