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36 Walter Payton Quotes From One Of Football's Greatest Running Backs

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Walter Jerry Payton was an American professional football athlete.

He was a running back for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL) for 13 long seasons. He is widely regarded as one of the most celebrated football players of all time.

Walter Payton began his football career in Mississippi and had an outstanding collegiate football career at Jackson State University. He began his professional career with the Chicago Bears in 1975, who selected him as the 1975 Draft's fourth overall pick.

This American player is remembered as a prolific rusher, once holding records in career rushing yards, touchdowns, carries, yards from scrimmage, all-purpose yards, and many other categories. The NFL  Pro Football Hall of Fame player's every word is pure gold, so why not take a look at these quotes from Walter Payton, to find out more? We hope you love these Walter Payton quotes!

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Life-Changing Walter Payton Quotes

Walter Payton was a man who spoke pure gold, and these Walter Payton quotes can certainly change your world. That's what this section is all about, all the famous Walter Payton quotes, on topics from football to life.

1."When you're good at something, you'll tell everyone. When you're great at something, they'll tell you."

- Walter Payton.

2."Remember, tomorrow is promised to no one."

- Walter Payton.

3."We are stronger together than we are alone."

- Walter Payton.

4."Money isn't everything. Do you get married because of money? Do you have kids because of money?"

- Walter Payton.

5."If you could go back and change things, you might not be the person you are right now."

- Walter Payton.

6."You have to take things one day at a time."

- Walter Payton.

7."I am happy to say that everyone that I have met in my life, I have gained something from them; be it negative or positive, it has enforced and reinforced my life in some aspect."

- Walter Payton.

8."When you speak of role models, when we talk to our kids, everybody is a role model, everyone, just as you look at a Michael Jordan to be the terrific athlete he is."

- Walter Payton.

9."I always thought, 'That's just the way you do it.' You work as hard as you can for as long as you can, and the small gains you make will eventually pay off."

- Walter Payton.

10."Most important though, if you love someone, tell him or her, for you never know what tomorrow may have in store."

- Walter Payton.

11."Children have always brought a tremendous amount of joy to me and I feel that if you can catch them at a young age you can really change a life."

- Walter Payton.

12."Work hard or don't work at all."

- Walter Payton.

Walter Payton quotes about football are inspiring.

Walter Payton Football Quotes

Walter Payton was an NFL player and American football legend and these Walter Payton quotes are all about his extraordinary football training regime and mindset which every athlete needs today. We hope you enjoy these football Walter Payton quotes.

13."Why run out of bounds and die easy? Make that linebacker pay. It carries into all facets of your life. It's okay to lose, to die, but don't die without trying, without giving it your best."

- Walter Payton.

14."I try to run on the hottest days, at the hottest time, because that's the most difficult time. And sometimes I worry about drying out, and dying."

- Walter Payton.

15."If I'm going to get hit, why let the guy who's going to hit me get the easiest and best shot? I explode into the guy who's trying to tackle me."

- Walter Payton.

16."There was a high school coach such as Charles Boston that took me under his wing and taught me the fundamentals of football. And when I went to college there was Robert Hill who took me there and he showed me what hard work and determination would do if you put forth the effort and you take a little time."

- Walter Payton.

17."Running alone is the toughest. You get to the point where you have to keep pushing yourself."

- Walter Payton.

18."If you start something, you shouldn't quit; that is what we were taught. If you're going to play, you might as well play to be your best."

- Walter Payton.

19."You look at Pete Rose to be the terrific athlete he is and then he falls on hard times, but when he played the game, I got something from the way he played the game because he hustled every play, and just because he had one mistake in his life, am I supposed to throw back everything that I gained from him?"

- Walter Payton.

20."No matter what the game was or how much older and stronger the other kids were, we were taught to give it everything we had until it was over. Never give less than one hundred percent."

- Walter Payton.

21."I want to be remembered like Pete Rose. 'Charlie Hustle.' I want people to say, 'Wherever he was, he was always giving it his all."

- Walter Payton.

22."I don't have to jump up and smile just because TV wants me to."

- Walter Payton.

23."Sixty-five yards on sand is like 120 on turf, but running on sand helps you make your cuts at full speed."

- Walter Payton.

24."I want to be remembered as the guy who gave his all whenever he was on the field."

- Walter Payton.

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Famous Quotes By Walter Payton

This segment features Walter Payton famous quotes from the legendary NFL player. There are lots of good Walter Payton quotes to be found here that can inspire each and every football player.  

25."Never die easy."

- Walter Payton.

26."Do you know what a winner is? A winner is somebody who has given his best effort, who has tried the hardest they possibly can, who has utilized every ounce of energy and strength within them to accomplish something. It doesn't mean that they accomplished it or failed, it means that they've given it their best."

- Walter Payton.

27."A lot of fans were drawn to me because they knew that whatever the score was, I was going to run as hard as I could on every play. You don't have that now, you have guys waiting for next week or even next year."

- Walter Payton.

28."God's been very good to me. I'm truly blessed."

- Walter Payton.

29."All people, regardless of whether they're athletes or not, should treat people the way they want to be treated."

- Walter Payton.

30."You felt honored to tackle him."

- Matt Millen, on Walter Payton.

31."Tough times go away, tough people do not."

- Walter Payton.

32."Maybe those guys who carried messages city to city covered more yardage. You know the guys in Greece. But as far as we know, Payton's the greatest."

- Darryl Grant, on Walter Payton.

33."If you forget your roots, you've lost sight of everything."

- Walter Payton.

34."When God created a running back, he created Walter Payton."

- Johnny Roland, on Walter Payton.

35."I wanted to be a professional drummer."

- Walter Payton.

36."If you ask me how I want to be remembered, it is as a winner."

- Walter Payton.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for Walter Payton quotes, then why not take a look at these Tom Brady quotes, or [funny football quotes] for more great American football quotes?

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