As Sean Jensen mentioned in an earlier post, Steve Sabol of NFL Films believes Walter Payton is the best all-around running back in NFL history.
Like many of you, I watched every game Payton played in during his Hall of Fame career. While I may not have Sabol's credentials as an NFL historian, I agree that while Payton may not be the best pure runner in league history he was the best all-around back.
But that's not all.
When you consider his skill as a runner, receiver, blocker, passer and tackler (he may have been the surest tackler on the team behind Gary Fencik), you could build a case for Payton as the best all-around FOOTBALL PLAYER in league history.
Frankly, I can't think of another candidate with his all-around skills.