Monday marks the 11th anniversary of the death of Bears running back Walter Payton. To mark the occasion, his son, Jarrett, will hold two web radio programs titled "Remembering Sweetness." The first show will be broadcast from 9 a.m. to noon and the second from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the online site Chicagoland Sports Radio. Jim Brown, Emmitt Smith, Barry Sanders, Jim McMahon and Ahman Green are expected to call in and share stories about Payton.â†µ
Walter Payton died on Nov. 1, 1999, from a rare liver disease, primary sclerosing cholangitis. He was 45 years old. Known as Sweetness, he was picked fourth overall in the 1975 draft by the Bears, and spent his entire Hall of Fame football career with the Bears, helping them win in Super Bowl XX. He was selected to go to the Pro Bowl nine times and at one time held the records for most career rushing yards, touchdowns and carries, among other categories. He was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, in 1993.