Sports history in Black: “Sweetness” sets a touchdown record

By Mike Patton

Black News & Views

Walter Payton earned the nickname “Sweetness” when he played college football. According to the legend, he was able to elude a teammate on the field when he played at Jackson State University. As he outdistanced the teammate, he yelled back “Sweetness is your weakness” and from that point, the nickname stuck.  The Hall of Famer running back dominated the game during his college years and then he took the show on the road with the Chicago Bears. 

Walter Payton (number 34) is pictured breaking the NFL's career rushing record on October 7, 1984. Photo credit: Jeno's
Walter Payton (number 34) is pictured breaking the NFL’s career rushing record on October 7, 1984. Photo credit: Jeno’s

On Sept. 20, 1987, Payton added one more entry to his ledger of greatness. Payton and the Bears won their game 20-3 over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And during the game, Payton crossed the goal line for his 107th touchdown, setting an NFL record. That record stood until 1996 when Marcus Allen broke Payton’s record.

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