Today in Sports History: September 20

By Jonah Sharf

On September 20, 1987, legendary running back Walter Payton scored his 107th rushing touchdown, passing Jim Brown for the most rushing touchdowns in a career. He finished his career with 110 rushing touchdowns, which has since been passed by fellow legends Marcus Allen, LaDainian Tomlinson, and Emmitt Smith, but “Sweetness” is still considered one of the greatest running backs of all time. Despite being passed for the rushing touchdown record, Payton still holds the record for most consecutive regular season games started by a running back with 170 straight starts. He was a Super Bowl champion, MVP, two-time NFC Offensive Player of the Year, and nine-time Pro Bowler. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993. In addition to being an outstanding player, he was an outstanding person, as the NFL Man of the Year award that he had the honor of winning in 1977 is now named after him.

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