What makes this duo such a sweet rivalry is the fact that it includes one of the greatest running backs in the history of the game.
Many people know that Walter was sweetness in motion, and his accolades support his superlative status in the annals of NFL history. A nine-time Pro Bowl selection, Payton was the NFL MVP in 1977, a Super Bowl champion and the NFL’s all-time leading rusher during his 13 seasons with the Chicago Bears.
He finished his career with several of the most important records in the league, additionally, most yards from scrimmage, rushing touchdowns and all-purpose yards. He is a member of the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team. Many consider him to be the best football player ever.
What some people are unaware of is that Walter’s brother, Eddie, also played in the NFL, for five seasons with four different teams. Though he was obviously not at the level of supremacy as his older brother, Eddie found success as a kick returner, leading the NFL in kick return yardage in 1980. He also returned two kicks for touchdowns in a single game in 1977.
The Paytons did face each other a couple of times while Eddie played in the NFC Central with the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings. But the rivalry will always be regarded as the battle between the greatest running back of his generation and his younger brother.