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Chicago Bears pay video tribute to Walter Payton on anniversary of his death

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On a day when the Chicago Bears, the NFL and anyone who ever loved the game pays tribute to Walter Payton - the 10th anniversary of his death in 1999 from bile duct cancer - it seems fitting to simply sit back and take in what made Sweetness so great. So memorable.

The Bears put together a nice video tribute, played at halftime, to the Hall of Famer that lets his friends, teammates and coaches speak to his greatness as a player and a person. One of the toughest, most elusive, most determined players in the history of the game, Payton was as well-known as a prankster as he was a hard-nosed football player.

Some great moments and memories to savor.

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When our grandson, John Patrick Lister, was about 3 years old his grandfather introduced him to football and Walter Payton by was of videos i.e. Sweetness, Pure Payton, etc. He took him to most of the high school football games and he loved football from that time on. He stated playing organized football when he was about 7 or 8 yrs old and always wore #34.

Before every game he always watched Pure Payton for motivation.

He just graduated Thousand Oaks High School in Thousand Oaks, CA where he set many records for the school as well as the region and he was still wearing #34. He has received a full scholarship to the University of Hawaii. His grandfather has tried to instill Walter's work ethic as well as his other attributes. Walter Payton has always been and remains his IDOL!

THIS IS AN EXTREMELY WELL PRODUCED TRIBUTE TO ONE OF THE VERY BEST TO EVER TAKE TO THE FIELD IN ANY ERA OF PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL ...

IT IS A TRUE SHAME WALTER IS NO LONGER WITH US TO BE ABLE TO SPEAK TO YOUNGSTERS AS HE DID AND HAVE THEM SEE WHAT A TRULY FINE PERSON AND INSPIRATIONAL FIGURE HE IS BUT HIS NAME STILL STANDS HIGH WITH ALL THOSE WHO EVER SAW HIM IN EVEN ONE GAME AND SO THAT IS HIS LASTING TRIBUTE FOR THE AGES ...

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