The Sporting Birthday - Walter Payton
American Football : Walter Payton was born on this day in 1954 (died Nov 1st 1999)
Walter Payton is considered to be one of the greatest players of all time. A running back for 13 years with the Chicago Bears, Payton held the NFL all time rushing record until 2002. He also holds the record for most TD receptions for a running back.
His motto of "Never die easy" embodied his playing style; Powerful, aggressive and direct, Payton was a one man highlight reel. He famously never celebrated his touchdowns, considering it unnecessary and overtly selfish.
He died from cancer of the bile duct at just 45.