I signed up for this particular Chicago Bears’ 30 Day Challenge topic before I was asked to participate in SB Nation’s G.O.A.T. Theme Week last week, so for more on my favorite all-time Bears running back, the legendary Walter Payton, you can check out what I wrote about Sweetness here.
Like many Bears fans that were around to watch #34, he’s the reason I cheer for the Navy and Orange.
His greatness was evident the first time I watched him play. He was the total package as a runner with his ability to power through would-be tacklers, high-step and juke-out defenders, punish anyone that got in his way as a lead blocker, and make plays in the passing game as both a receiver and thrower.
Payton is the greatest football player I’ve ever seen, and with the game being so specialized these days, I doubt there will ever be another that can showcase such a wide array of skills.
I would imagine several of you guys are going to tab Payton as your all-time favorite Bears running back as well, so if Sweetness is your pick why don’t you give us another back or two that you really liked.
Here are a couple others I enjoyed watching though the years...
Raymont Harris, the Ultraback, always showed a good all-around game for the Bears, and was a favorite of mine back in the 90s, and I always appreciated how hard the Chicago’s Adrian Peterson played.