Yearbook, Oct. 7: Walter Payton sets record

October, 7, 2012
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Oct. 7, 1984: Before there was any hint of a "Super Bowl Shuffle," there was Walter Payton pounding the ball from the Chicago Bears backfield -- so much so that on this day 28 years ago, Sweetness broke Jim Brown's career rushing record on a six-yard, third-quarter run in a win over the New Orleans Saints at Soldier Field. (Click here for a more detailed recap.)

Seven running backs have since passed Brown's mark of 12,312 yards, but the late Payton's name stayed atop the NFL's list -- with 16,726 yards -- until Emmitt Smith passed him in 2002.

Walter Payton against the New Orleans Saints in 1984Bruce Dierdorff/Getty ImagesIn 1984, Walter Payton broke Jim Brown's career rushing record in a victory over the Saints.
Walter Payton against the New Orleans Saints in 1984Bruce Dierdorff/Getty Images
Walter Payton after breaking the NFL's all-time rushing markBruce Dierdorff/Getty Images
Patrick Dorsey is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor for ESPN.com. He has worked for the Web and newspapers. He also played in one Division-III golf tournament (he shot 105).

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