Oct. 7, 1984 - Walter Payton of the Chicago Bears passed Jim Brown to become the National Football League’s career leading rusher, gaining 154 yards in a 20-7 victory over the New Orleans Saints at Soldier Field.
Over his entire career, Payton rushed for 16,726 yards, which broke the record for most rushing yards by any NFL player in history, and scored 110 touchdowns. He caught 492 passes for 4,538 yards and 15 touchdowns. Payton set several team records, including most career rushing yards, receptions, and touchdowns. His jersey number was retired by the Bears, and he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993. The only game he missed in his 13-year career was in his rookie season of 1975.