25 Walter Payton Quotes and Sayings to Inspire You

Walter Payton became a legendary NFL running back retiring in 1987 as the leading rusher.

Known as “Sweetness” for his pleasant personality and smooth playing style he excelled in college football at Jackson State University.

Payton joined the Chicago Bears in 1975 later winning the NFL’s MVP award in 1977 and helping the Bears win the Super Bowl in 1986.

Walter Payton Quotes

Famous for his resilience and unique running style he set numerous records including most career rushing yards and touchdowns.

Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993 Payton’s legacy continues with the Walter Payton Award for top college football players.

He raised awareness about organ donation before passing away in 1999 from a liver disease.

I have listed below some of the best quotes of Walter Payton.

Walter Payton Quotes


Remember, tomorrow is promised to no one. ~ Walter Payton.


Work hard or don’t work at all. ~ Walter Payton.

We are stronger together than we are alone. ~ Walter Payton.


I wanted to be a professional drummer. ~ Walter Payton.

I don’t have to jump up and smile just because TV wants me to. ~ Walter Payton.

If you could go back and change things, you might not be the person you are right now. ~ Walter Payton.

Best Walter Payton Quotes


When you’re good at something, you’ll tell everyone. When you’re great at something, they’ll tell you. ~ Walter Payton.


Tough times go away, tough people do not. ~ Walter Payton.

I want to be remembered as the guy who gave his all whenever he was on the field. ~ Walter Payton.

Top Walter Payton Quotes

Never die easy. Why run out of bounds and die easy? Make that linebacker pay. It carries into all facets of your life. It’s okay to lose, to die, but don’t die without trying, without giving it your best. ~ Walter Payton.

If you ask me how I want to be remembered, it is as a winner. ~ Walter Payton.


Running alone is the toughest. You get to the point where you have to keep pushing yourself. ~ Walter Payton.

Children have always brought a tremendous amount of joy to me and I feel that if you can catch them at a young age you can really change a life. ~ Walter Payton.

Famous Walter Payton Quotes

Most important thought, if you love someone, tell him or her, for you never know what tomorrow may have in store. ~ Walter Payton.


If you forget your roots, you’ve lost sight of everything. ~ Walter Payton.

A lot of fans were drawn to me because they knew that whatever the score was, I was going to run as hard as I could on every play. You don’t have that now, you have guys waiting for next week or even next year. ~ Walter Payton.

God’s been very good to me. I’m truly blessed. ~ Walter Payton.


All people, regardless of whether they’re athletes or not, should treat people the way they want to be treated. ~ Walter Payton.

I am happy to say that everyone that I have met in my life, I have gained something from them; be it negative or positive, it has enforced and reinforced my life in some aspect. ~ Walter Payton.

Inspiring Walter Payton Quotes

When you speak of role models, when we talk to our kids, everybody is a role model, everyone, just as you look at a Michael Jordan to be the terrific athlete he is. ~ Walter Payton.

If I’m going to get hit, why let the guy who’s going to hit me get the easiest and best shot? I explode into the guy who’s trying to tackle me. ~ Walter Payton.

You have to take things one day at a time. ~ Walter Payton.


Money isn’t everything. Do you get married because of money? Do you have kids because of money? ~ Walter Payton.

I developed my training routine going into my senior year at Jackson State. I found this sandbank by the Pearl River near my hometown, Columbia, Miss. I laid out a course of 65 yards or so. Sixty-five yards on sand is like 120 on turf, but running on sand helps you make your cuts at full speed. ~ Walter Payton.

I always thought, ‘That’s just the way you do it.’ You work as hard as you can for as long as you can, and the small gains you make will eventually pay off. ~ Walter Payton.

I try to run on the hottest days, at the hottest time, because that’s the most difficult time. And sometimes I worry about drying out, and dying. ~ Walter Payton.

So these were the 25 quotes by Walter Payton.

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