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Chargers | Tomlinson to receive Man of the Year honor

Fri, 02 Feb 2007 07:48:53 -0800

Kevin Acee, of the San Diego Union-Tribune, reports San Diego Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson will be named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Friday, Feb. 2. Tomlinson will share the honor with New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees.

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Saints | Brees voted club's Walter Payton Man of the Year

Wed, 17 Jan 2007 10:11:27 -0800

Mike Triplett, of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reports New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees was chosen as the team recipient of the 2006 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. Brees will be a finalist for the prestigious league-wide award, which honors players who demonstrate outstanding balance in their lives between civic and professional responsibilities.

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Bears | Fast facts: Thomas Jones

Wed, 15 Nov 2006 07:46:02 -0800

Larry Mayer, of, reports following his season-high 113 yards during Week 10, Chicago Bears RB Thomas Jones has surpassed former Bears RBs Matt Suhey (2,946 yards) and Willie Galimore (2,985 yards) for seventh place on the club's all-time rushing list with 3,008 yards. Additionally, Jones has rushed for more yards in his first three seasons with the team than any other player except former RB Walter Payton, who compiled 3,921 yards.

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NFL | Teen accused of stealing W. Payton's rings

Fri, 19 May 2006 22:39:08 -0700

The Associated Press reports an 18-year-old is accused of stealing former NFL RB Walter Payton's replica Super Bowl ring and a Hall of Fame ring. Jeremy J. Sherman was being held in the Kane County Correctional Center on unrelated charges when he was charged with two counts of theft in connection with the stolen rings, according to police. The rings were stolen March 27 from a display case at Walter Payton's Roundhouse Complex in downtown Aurora, Ill. The rings were recovered by police at a pawnshop where they were sold by two men, one allegedly Sherman. The rings were valued at $4,100, but were sold for only $165. An anonymous tip to Aurora Area Crime Stoppers implicated Sherman in the theft.

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Bears | Payton's stolen rings recovered

Thu, 30 Mar 2006 18:58:57 -0800

Angela Rozas, of the Chicago Tribune, reports police recovered two rings that belonged to the late Chicago Bears RB Walter Payton after they were stolen from an Aurora museum and pawned in Chicago. The thieves also took an honorary medal given to Payton by former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington. The medal hasn't turned up.

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NCAA | Jackson State opens building named after Payton

Fri, 17 Feb 2006 06:01:16 -0800

The Associated Press reports the $12.3 million Walter Payton Recreation and Wellness Center opened Thursday at Jackson State as the centerpiece of a $25 million complex named after late Chicago Bears RB Walter Payton. "(The center) is a tribute to a life that meant so much to this community and this university," said Eddie Payton, Walter's older brother and the golf coach at Jackson State.

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NFL | Man arrested for robbing Payton's mother

Wed, 11 Jan 2006 19:59:55 -0800 reports a man, 61-year old Andrew Thrash, was arrested Wednesday, Jan. 11, for allegedly stealing the princess jewels collection of former NFL RB Walter Payton's mother Alyne. Police say they recovered about $150,000 worth of Payton's memorabilia. Payton's mother's collection includes a personalized medallion engraved with her son's picture. She also has some of his personalized watches, and a bracelet worth tens of thousands of dollars.

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Giants | Barber reaches 2,000 combined yards

Sat, 24 Dec 2005 18:55:35 -0800

The Associated Press reports New York Giants RB Tiki Barber reached 2,000 yards rushing and receiving during the Week 16 game. At age 30, he is the second oldest running back in the NFL to reach the milestone. Hall of Fame RB Walter Payton was 31 when he combined for 2,034 yards during the 1985 season with the Chicago Bears.

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Jets | Mawae Honored

Tue, 29 Nov 2005 17:03:53 -0800 reports the New York Jets have named C Kevin Mawae the club's 2005 Walter Payton Man of the Year. Mawae helped raise nearly a quarter-million dollars for charitable efforts through events, fundraisers and donations.

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Bears | Fast Fact

Fri, 22 Jul 2005 13:41:15 -0700

Len Pasquarelli, of, reports the Chicago Bears have had the No. 4 slot in the first round of the NFL Draft four times in franchise history. The Bears' past selections gives the team reasons to be optimistic for the future of rookie RB Cedric Benson, who was taken in the same slot in 2005. Three of the Bears' No. 4 selections - RB Gale Sayers (1965), RB Walter Payton (1975) and DT Dan Hampton (1979) are in the NFL Hall of Fame. The other selection - QB Johnny Lujack - earned All-Pro honors during his NFL career.

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