This Day in Black History: Nov. 20, 1977

LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 27:  Running back Walter Payton #34 of the Chicago Bears looks on as he plays in his last regular season game against the Los Angeles Raiders at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 27, 1987 in Los Angeles, California.  The Bears won 6-3.   (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Walter Payton

This Day in Black History: Nov. 20, 1977

Walter Payton sets the NFL single-game rushing record with 275 yards on Nov. 20, 1977.

Published November 20, 2014

It was Nov. 20, 1977, a splendid day for slaying Vikings and setting records. On this day, Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton ran 275 yards into the history books, setting a single-game rushing record against the Minnesota Vikings.

Drafted to the NFL just two years earlier, Payton went on to enjoy a long and illustrious career that lasted over a decade. 

The Mississippi born player picked up a clutch of accolades along the way, including two NFL Most Valuable Player Awards.

In his early career, playing college football, Payton acquired the nickname “Sweetness,” befitting his mesmerizing athletic grace.

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(Photo: George Rose/Getty Images) 

Written by Nikola Lashley


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