One of the greatest all-around running backs in National Football League history, Walter Payton set several league records-including career rushing yards (16,726); most games rushing for 100 or more yards (77); and rushing touchdowns (110)-during his 13-year career with the Chicago Bears. Nicknamed "Sweetness" by his Jackson State University teammates because of his smooth running style and friendly disposition, Payton was a nine-time Pro Bowler and two-time NFL MVP. In 1985, he rushed for more than 1,500 yards to help Chicago capture the most wins in franchise history, with a 15-1 regular season record. In the playoffs, the Bears outscored their opponents 101-10, including a dominating 46-10 victory against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX. Tragically, in February 1999, Payton was diagnosed with bile duct cancer. Less than six months later, he was dead, at the age of 45. Payton's legacy endures today through the charitable foundation that he and his wife, Connie, established in 1989. The Walter and Connie Payton Foundation has provided toys and school supplies to thousands of abused, neglected, and underprivileged children in Illinois. Book jacket.Woog, Adam is the author of 'Walter Payton', published 2008 under ISBN 9780791095676 and ISBN 0791095673.