It has been 10 mostly trying years for the franchise Sweetness called home since his death on Nov. 1, 1999. Payton remains the most revered Bear even 10 years after his passing. What he meant to the franchise, Bears' fans and Chicago will never be forgotten. To the fans, Payton will remembered as a durable running back who retired with the National Football League's single game and career rushing records. Most fans will remember his stiff arms, leaps over the pile at the goal line for touchdowns and as a punishing runner that chose contact over going out of bounds.
When Payton joined the Bears, they had been trying to replace Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers for four years. Sayers had to retire after only six NFL seasons because of knee injuries.
Payton was the catalyst to th ...
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Article written by Alan Rubenstein