Payton playing for the Bears in 1984
|Date of birth:||July 25, 1954|
|Place of birth:||Columbia, Mississippi|
|Date of death:||November 1, 1999(aged 45)|
|Place of death:||South Barrington, Illinois|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||200 lb (91 kg)|
|High school:||Columbia (MS)|
|NFL Draft:||1975 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4|
|Chicago Bears (1975–1987)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Super Bowl champion (XX) 9× Pro Bowl (1976–1980, 1983–1986) 7× First-team All-Pro (1976–1980, 1984, 1985) Second-team All-Pro (1986) 2× NFL Most Valuable Player (1977, 1985) Bert Bell Award (1985) NFC Player of the Year (1985) NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1977) NFL rushing yards leader (1977) NFL rushing touchdowns leader (1977) NFL 1970s All-Decade Team NFL 1980s All-Decade Team NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team Chicago Bears No. 34 retired|
|Career NFL statistics|
During the off-season when you see other people playing in the Super Bowl, you wonder, and you say to yourself, 'Are you ever gonna get there and see what it feels like?' And it pushes you a little bit harder during that off-season to work to try to get there the following year.
Money isn't everything. Do you get married because of money? Do you have kids because of money?
All people, regardless of whether they're athletes or not, should treat people the way they want to be treated.
Never die easy. Why run out of bounds and die easy? Make that linebacker pay. It carries into all facets of your life. It's okay to lose, to die, but don't die without trying, without giving it your best.
I developed my training routine going into my senior year at Jackson State. I found this sandbank by the Pearl River near my hometown, Columbia, Miss. I laid out a course of 65 yards or so. Sixty-five yards on sand is like 120 on turf, but running on sand helps you make your cuts at full speed.
If I'm going to get hit, why let the guy who's going to hit me get the easiest and best shot? I explode into the guy who's trying to tackle me.
Most important thought, if you love someone, tell him or her, for you never know what tomorrow may have in store.
Running alone is the toughest. You get to the point where you have to keep pushing yourself.
If you could go back and change things, you might not be the person you are right now.
When you speak of role models, when we talk to our kids, everybody is a role model, everyone, just as you look at a Michael Jordan to be the terrific athlete he is.
I am happy to say that everyone that I have met in my life, I have gained something from them; be it negative or positive, it has enforced and reinforced my life in some aspect.
There were high school coaches such as Charles Boston that took me under his wing and taught me the fundamentals of football. And when I went to college there was Robert Hill who took me there and he showed me what hard work and determination would do if you put forth the effort and you take a little time.
I try to run on the hottest days, at the hottest time, because that's the most difficult time. And sometimes I worry about drying out, and dying.
You look at a Pete Rose to be the terrific athlete he is and then he falls on hard times, but when he played the game, I got something from the way he played the game because he hustled every play, and just because he had one mistake in his life, am I supposed to throw back everything that I gained from him?
I want to be remembered like Pete Rose. 'Charlie Hustle.' I want people to say, 'Wherever he was, he was always giving it his all.'