Oct. 7, 1984 – Walter Payton passed Jim Brown to become the NFL leading rusher



Walter Payton finished Chicago Bears
victory over the New Orleans Saints with 154 yards on 32 carries,
giving him a career total of 12,400 yards, 88 more than Brown. Many
modern NFL running backs have cited Payton as a source of inspiration. Emmitt Smith tearfully paid homage to Payton after breaking Payton’s rushing
record. LaDainian Tomlinson, who set numerous records during the 2006
NFL season, named Payton as one of his foremost mentors and

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