NFL Draft: Top Booms and Busts

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  • JaMarcus Russell
  • Akili Smith
  • Walter Payton
  • LaDainian Tomlinson
  • Curtis Enis
  • Ron Dayne
  • Emmitt Smith
  • Dewayne Robertson
  • Mark Sanchez
  • Hakeem Nicks
  •  Jamal Reynolds
  • Tim Tebow
  • Deion Sanders

Boom: Walter Payton

Legendary running back Walter Payton was drafted to the Chicago Bears in 1975, and stayed with the team for 13 seasons. The former Jackson State University football star and NFL Hall of Famer retired from the NFL in 1987, having won Super Bowl XX with the Bears and setting records as the league’s all-time rusher (16,726 yards) and most touchdowns (110). In November 1999, he passed away from a rare autoimmune liver disease. 

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