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date: 21 April 2021

Payton, Walterlocked

(25 July 1954–01 November 1999)
  • Hub Arkush


Payton, Walter (25 July 1954–01 November 1999), NFL Hall of Fame football player, was born Walter Jerry Payton in Columbia, Mississippi, the son of Peter Payton, a factory worker, and Alyne Payton. Walter, or “Spider Man” as he called himself as a boy, was active in Boy Scouts, the church choir, camping with friends, and playing drums in the band before he finally turned to football his junior year in high school at the all-black Jefferson High School. Already bigger and stronger than most of his teammates, Walter was an instant starter....

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