Walter PaytonWalter Payton
- November 1
) was an American football
player who held the career record for most yards gained by a running back until 2002
when Emmitt Smith
broke his record. Payton played for the Chicago Bears
. He was the NFL
Player of the year and Most Valuable Player in 1977
and again in 1985
In February 1999 Payton announced that he had a rare liver disease - primary sclerosing cholangitis. Unable to receive a liver transplant because of bile duct cancer, Payton died in his home on November 1, 1999.
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