Payton's Run Against KC Named Bears Top Play..............

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  1. soulman

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    Bears' top play winner: Walter Payton's run

    July, 11, 2014
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    By Michael C. Wright | ESPN.com

    [​IMG]Tony Tomsic/Getty Images

    This is the play voters and ESPN Bears reporter Michael C. Wright picked as the most memorable play in Chicago Bears history, narrowly beating out William “Refrigerator” Perry’s touchdown run in Super Bowl XX and Devin Hester’s 92-yard kickoff return to open Super Bowl XLI.

    Score: Bears 28, Chiefs 27
    Date: Nov. 13, 1977. Site: Soldier Field

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, voters. We definitely agree on this one. But as time ticked away on voting for the Chicago’s most memorable play, there certainly was trepidation about how things would pan out as Walter Payton’s rather beastly run against the Chiefs in 1977 was basically neck-and-neck with William “Refrigerator” Perry’s touchdown in Super Bowl XX as the voting deadline neared.

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    Which is the most memorable play in Bears' history?

    • 36%
      William Perry scores TD in Super Bowl XX

    • 37%
      Walter Payton breaks several tackles against Chiefs

    • 27%
      Devin Hester opens Super Bowl XLI with TD return
    [​IMG] (Total votes: 46,201)

    No knock on Perry, as his touchdown certainly was “memorable.” But for many Bears fans, that Perry play served as reminder that Payton didn’t score a TD in that Super Bowl trouncing, which from this vantage point, was a travesty.

    As is the case with fellow Chicago icon Michael Jordan, it’s difficult to pull a top play from the many Payton blessed fans with throughout his 13-year NFL career. But this one embodied Payton as a runner, fully displaying all the attributes that made “Sweetness” one of the best running backs.

    With the Bears down 17-0 in the third quarter, Payton took a handoff right, spun away from linebacker Willie Lanier and Tim Gray, cut back left and made three Chiefs miss, in addition to plowing over two others before being dragged down from behind at the Kansas City 4. In all, Payton broke seven tackles on a run that sparked Chicago’s eventual 28-27 comeback win.

    “If you look at the video, I’m within three or four feet of him four times,” Chiefs defensive tackle John Lohmeyer said in the book, “Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton.” “I didn’t give up because it was well known that you couldn’t get him down with ease, and he was an escape artist. I tried tackling him. We all did.”

    Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch might hold the “Beast Mode” nickname, but Payton’s 1977 run against the Chiefs might be true definition of that moniker. Not only was Payton’s run the best play in franchise annals, it’s arguably the top run in NFL history.

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    And it should be because it was the catalyst for a great comeback win. I put this one and Mike Ditka's catch and run against Pitt in '63 to help the Bears clinch the conference championship as two of the best example of just how tough a Bears player can be when he wants to win.

    They should be playing these for the current guys before every game. LOL
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    SWEET ness, totally awesome
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    Are you old if you remember seeing this run when it happen.
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    LOL. I believe the proper term is vintage JJ. We are vintage Bears fans. :bah:
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    Has there been a RB since Payton who is/was as aggressive about taking on would be tacklers?

    After watching the OP's clip, I watched a bunch of other Payton clips and was reminded about how physical he was when finishing off runs. Man, he beat the crap out of DBs!!
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    If there were there aren't many his size who could do it. One of the few who comes to mind was Curtis Martin. To me he was a lot like Payton in that regard and just about the same size as well. The others who come to mind are much bigger backs. I think Walter lasted as long as he did because he refused to let tacklers hurt him. He knew how to put the maximum impact into contact much like a guy who learns how to focus a karate punch. Get small and concentrate all of your power into one square foot and hit with that.
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    Ricky Watters was pretty tough also . He had some Wally in him .
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