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Best Bears Draft Picks of All-Time: RB Walter Payton

We've recently been sifting through some of the worst Bears draft picks of all-time, and to wash that bad taste from our mouths, let's flip the coin to the shinier side for a while.

We don't really want to get into a "Top-10" list, but if we did, RB Walter Payton (Jackson State), the 4th overall pick in the 1975 Draft, would be our top choice.

Nine Pro Bowls, nine All Pro selections, multiple team and league records, and shoulders broad enough to carry the city of Chicago on his back throughout his career, Payton was not only the greatest RB in Chicago Bears history, but in most people's opinions, the greatest football player to ever lace up the cleats.

Payton set the standard for toughness- He only missed one game in his entire career (against his will, mind you), consistently refused to run out of bounds at the end of a play (he preferred to deliver punishment and fight for yards), and even had 2-3 defensive players specifically accounting for him by the Patriots during Super Bowl XX.

We'll continue this series of All-time Bears Draft picks, and there may be some arguments along the way, but this selection will undoubtedly have no detractors.

Walter Payton was the greatest of all-time.


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