13. Walter Payton, Chicago Bears
“Sweetness” earned his nickname for the athletic ability and agility he showed on the football field, but don’t let that name trick you—Payton was one of the toughest players in the league during his career. The Bears back had over 300 carries in a season 10 different times and often played through injuries, including during the 1985 season, when the Bears won the Super Bowl. Payton had the league rushing record until Emmitt Smith broke it in 1993, and his toughness was encapsulated on this brilliant run against the Detroit Lions in 1980, which saw Payton break two tackles and carry multiple players on his back before going down.
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