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No. 13 Walter Payton
Walter Payton (photo courtesty of Sports Illustrated)
Former NFL coach Jerry Glanville simply said this regarding Payton and the way he ran the football: “He was a linebacker carrying the football.”
Payton’s style of running was one of the most punishing styles in the history of the game. Payton didn’t want to run around you; he wanted to run through you. For 13 seasons, Payton played the most punishing position in the NFL, but doled out as much punishment as he absorbed.
Payton was not very big either for the way he ran the football. He was a mere 5’10”, 200 lbs, but it was all muscle. He ended his career as the NFL’s all-time leading rusher and is arguably the greatest all-around running back in the history of the NFL.