Chicago’s Very Own WGN-TV premiered “Savoring Sweetness: The Life & Times of Walter Payton” on Wednesday, September 4th, 2019. On this 20th anniversary of his passing, WGN-TV looked back at one of the greatest running backs, Chicago Bears and men of all time through the eyes of his teammates, family and friends. To honor Payton's legacy, his son Jarrett sat down with Jim McMahon, Dan Hampton, Steve McMichael, Gary Fencik, Barry Sanders and others to put his prowess and passion in perspective.
Payton played for the Chicago Bears from 1975 to 1987, breaking numerous team records along the way. Throughout his 13-year career in Chicago, Payton appeared in nine Pro Bowls, won MVP, broke the record for most career rushing yards by an NFL player with 16,726 and scored 110 career touchdowns. In 1993, Payton was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and his #34 jersey was retired by the Chicago Bears. In 1998, Payton and his wife Connie started “The Walter Payton Foundation,” which was renamed “The Walter and Connie Payton Foundation” after his 1999 passing. That same year, the “NFL Man of the Year Award” was renamed the “Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award” to honor the person and humanitarian Payton was off the field.