WALTER PAYTON was a warrior in the truest, fullest sense of the word. As football players go, he was not big--except for his heart. Walter used every proficiency and skill he possessed, on every down, to produce the spinning, rhythmic, graceful symmetry that made Payton Payton. On the field, he was "the complete package." He had an uncanny ability to perform when it was crucial. He was the only "pure" back, who caught passes, blocked and brought to bear whatever skills were necessary to achieve the goal.

Walter Payton's heart was great and strong. It was strong in love and concern...

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