Walter Payton Net Worth

Walter Payton Net Worth 2022: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Walter Jerry Payton net worth is
$3 Million

Walter Jerry Payton Wiki Biography

Walter Payton was born on the 29th July 1954 in Columbia, Mississippi USA, and was a professional American Football player who represented the Chicago Bears in the NFL for his entire career from 1975 to 1987. One of the greatest running backs in the history, Payton held numerous records including the league’s record for most career rushing yards, carries, all-purpose yards, touchdowns, yards from scrimmage and many more. He was a Super Bowl XX champion, a nine-time Pro-Bowler, the MVP of the league in 1977 and 1985, and NFL Offensive Player of the Year in 1977. Payton has been a Hall of Famer since 1993. Chicago Bears had his number 34 retired in 2010. Walter passed away in November 1999.
Have you ever wondered how rich Walter Payton was? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Walter Payton’s net worth is as high as $3 million, with the main source of his wealth being his footballing skills, as the contracts he signed with professional clubs generated millions into his bank account.

Walter Payton Net Worth $3 Million

Walter Jerry Payton was one of three children of Alyne Payton, and Peter, a former semi-professional baseball player. Walter developed a love for music from an early age, playing drums in the marching band and singing in the school’s choir. He had attended John J. Jefferson High School before it integrated with Columbia High School during his junior year. His brother Eddie played in a football team, and Walter didn’t want to compete with him but started to play when Eddie matriculated, actually very successfully, and his talents showcased from the first time he carried the ball, as he recorded 65 yards for a touchdown.
Payton was one of the hottest running backs in the country, but he didn’t receive an invitation from a reputable southern university because of segregation, so he joined the Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi in 1971. Walter scored 65 touchdowns throughout his college career, and even scored seven touchdowns in one game in 1972. The Chicago Bears selected him as the 4th pick overall in the 1975 NFL Draft.
Walter’s rookie season wasn’t impressive; he recorded 679 yards and seven touchdowns but excelled in kick-off return yards in which he led the league. His sophomore year was way better, rushing for 1,390 yards and scoring 13 touchdowns, and being selected to his first Pro Bowl after the season. His third year was the best in his career; as Walter recorded 1,852 yards and scored 16 touchdowns, so winning the MVP title that year, the NFL Offensive Player of the Year, plus breaking O.J. Simpson’s record for rushing yards in a game (273) with 275 yards. (Adrian Peterson has held the record since 2007 with 296.) The next four seasons were solid for Payton as he recorded 1,000 rushing yards in every one of them, but the Bears failed to reach the Super Bowl. In 1982, Payton had only 596 yards and one touchdown and played only nine games because of the players strike.
Mike Ditka became the head coach in 1982, and he led the Bears to an 8-8 record in 1983 and 10-6 in 1984. Walter rushed for more than 1,400 yards in both seasons and even broke Jim Brown’s record for 12,312 rushing yards during the game against New Orleans Saints. Payton and the Bears won the Super Bowl XX in 1985 after having an almost perfect 15-1 season and beating New England Patriots 46-10 in the final. In his last two seasons the Bears failed to reach the second round of the playoffs after the Washington Redskins defeated them on both occasions.
Regarding his personal life, Walter Payton was married to Connie Norwood from 1976 and they had two children; Jarret (born in 1980), and Brittney (born in 1985). Walter announced that he was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune liver disease in February 1999, and he died due to the complications in November that year. Payton spread the awareness for organ donations before his death, and his family established the Walter Payton Cancer Fund in 2002. The “Walter Payton Man of the Year” award is awarded by the NFL annually for player achievements in community service. He will always be remembered as the “Sweetness”.

Full NameWalter Payton
Net Worth$3 Million
Date Of BirthJuly 25, 1953
Place Of BirthColumbia, Mississippi, U.S.
Height5' 10" (1.78 m)
ProfessionAmerican football running back
EducationJackson State University
SpouseConnie Norwood (m. 1976–1999)
ChildrenJarrett Payton, Brittney Payton
ParentsAlyne Payton, Peter Payton
SiblingsEddie Payton, Pam Payton
AwardsWalter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award, College Football Hall of Fame, Bert Bell Award, UPI NFC Player of the Year, AP Most Valuable Player
Music GroupsPreservation Hall Jazz Band
1Inducted into the ESPN Chicago Hall of Fame in 2011 (inaugural class) with Michael Jordan, Ernie Banks, Dick Butkus, and Mike Ditka.
2Ranks 8th on NFL All-Time Rushing Yards per Game List (88).
3Ranks 84th on NFL All-Time Points Scored List (750).
4Ranks 3rd on NFL All-Time Yards From Scrimmage List (21,264).
5Ranks 3rd on NFL All-Time All-Purpose Yards List (21,803).
6Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 474-475. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
7Ranks 4th on NFL All-Time Rushing Touchdowns List (110).
8Ranks 93rd on NFL All-Time Rushing Average List (4.4).
9Ranks 2nd on NFL All-Time Rushing Yardage List (16,726).
10Ranks 2nd on NFL All-Time Rushing Attempts List (3,838).
11Chicago Bears All-Time Rushing Leader (16,726 yards).
12When brother Eddie Payton (who also played in the NFL) was asked how it felt to be the brother of a star, he replied, "I don't know. You better go ask Walter!".
13One of the investors of the St. Louis Stallions NFL Expansion candidate in 1993.
14Before death, he was a spokesperson for organ donation, even though an organ donation could have done nothing at that time to save his life.
15Appeared on Saturday Night Live (1975) as a co-host with Joe Montana and did an impersonation of Michael Jackson.
16Voted NFL Player of the Century.
17Was not allowed to play football until his junior year of high school.
18Appeared on "Soul Train" while in High School.
19(1975-1987) Running back for Chicago Bears football team: 7-time All-Pro selection; led Bears to their only Super Bowl championship, 1986. Also holds all-time rushing record for one game, 275 yards. Graduate of Jackson State University, Mississippi. Running back for the National Football League's Chicago Bears, 1975-1987. Retired as the NFL's [all-time] 2nd leader in rushing yards with 16,726 (now ranks behind Emmitt Smith who has 18,355 and broke Payton's record in 2004). Died at age 45 from a rare liver disease. Payton remains the [#1]#2 all-time rushing leader in pro football history, with 16,726 yards in his 13-year career. The accomplishment has been called "one of sport's most awesome records." Twice Most Valuable Player in the NFL; elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993. His former coach Mike Ditka said: "He's the best football player I've ever seen. At all positions, he's the best I've ever seen." Two children, Brittney Payton and Jarrett Payton (in 1999, also a running back, at University of Miami).


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Late Show with David Letterman1997TV SeriesHimself
Coach1995TV SeriesHimself
Summerslam1994TV SpecialHimself
WWE Raw1994TV SeriesHimself
Ebony/Jet Showcase1985-1989TV SeriesHimself
Donahue1989TV SeriesHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show1989TV SeriesHimself
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHimself
Greatest Sports Legends1988TV SeriesHimself
NFL Monday Night Football1975-1987TV SeriesHimself - Chicago Bears Running Back
ESPN's Sunday Night Football1987TV SeriesHimself - Chicago Bears Running Back
The Grand Knockout Tournament1987TV SpecialHimself
The New Hollywood Squares1987TV SeriesGuest Appearance
Saturday Night Live1987TV SeriesHimself - Co-Host / Various / Michael Jackson
Super Bowl XX1986TV SpecialHimself - Chicago Bears Running Back
1985 NFC Championship Game1986TV SpecialHimself - Chicago Bears Running Back
The NFL on CBS1978-1985TV SeriesHimself - Chicago Bears Running Back
1984 NFC Championship Game1985TV SpecialHimself - Chicago Bears Running Back
The Super Bowl Shuffle1985Video shortHimself - The Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew
Late Night with David Letterman1984TV SeriesHimself
The NFL on NBC1975TV SeriesHimself - Chicago Bears Running Back
Soul Train1973TV Series documentaryGuest

Archive Footage

A Football Life2011-2016TV SeriesHimself
Scott Hall: Living on a Razor's Edge2016VideoHimself
30 for 302016TV Series documentaryHimself
WWE Summerslam: The Complete Anthology, Vol. 22009Himself
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WWE Back in Black: NWO New World Order2002Video documentaryHimself
Off Your Duff1989TV Movie documentaryHimself

Nominated Awards

1988Blimp AwardKids' Choice Awards, USAFavorite Male Athlete

Known for movies

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