Eddie Payton

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Eddie Payton
Date of birth {1166}
Place of birth Columbia, Mississippi
Career information
Position(s) Running Back
College Jackson State
NFL draft 1973 / Undrafted
Career history
As player
1977 Cleveland Browns
1977 Detroit Lions
1978 Kansas City Chiefs
1980–1982 Minnesota Vikings
Career stats

Edward Charlse Payton Jr. (born August 3, 1951 in Columbia, Mississippi) is a former American football running back and kick returner who played five seasons in the NFL from 1977 to 1982 for the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota Vikings. He also played in the Canadian Football League. He is the older brother of the late Chicago Bears player Walter Payton.

Payton played college football at Jackson State University and signed undrafted by the Browns. Payton was primarily used as a kick and punt returner. He led the NFL with 53 kickoffs for 1184 yards in 1980. Payton ran back two kickoffs and one punt return for touchdowns in his career, two in the same game. On December 17, 1977, Payton ran a kick return and a punt return for a touchdown for the Lions in a game against the Vikings.

Eddie Payton is the former head golf coach at Jackson State,[1] coaching both the men's and women's teams


  1. ^ Outside the Lines: 1... And Only ESPN, Retrieved on 2006-12-03.

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