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Walter Payton

Walter Payton
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Artist
Merv Corning, 1926 - 2006
Sitter
Walter Payton, 25 Jul 1954 - 1 Nov 1999
Date
1981
Type
Drawing
Medium
Watercolor and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Sheet: 58 × 39.3 cm (22 13/16 × 15 1/2")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Copyright
© Tula Corning
Object number
NPG.2015.40
Exhibition Label
Walter Payton, nicknamed “Sweetness,” was the Chicago Bears’ star running back from 1975 to 1987. By the end of his career, he held several records, including ten seasons with 1,000 or more yards rushing and 110 rushing touchdowns. On finishing with a career total of 16,726 yards, Payton said, “I want to set the record so high that the next person who tries for it, it’s going to burst his heart.” He was selected the NFL’s most valuable player in 1977 and 1985. His last coach, Mike Ditka, said Payton was “the best football player I’ve ever seen.” Payton was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993
In this watercolor by Merv Corning, Payton sits intensely focusing on the game. The perspective and blue brushstrokes of the jacket emphasize the incredible strength of this football legend.
Walter Payton, apodado “Sweetness” (Dulzura) fue el corredor ofensivo estrella del equipo de fútbol Osos de Chicago desde 1975 hasta 1987. Al final de su carrera ostentaba varios récords, incluido el de diez temporadas con 1,000 yardas o más de carrera y 110 anotaciones por aire. Sobre el hecho de haber terminado su trayectoria con un total de 16,726 yardas, Payton declaró: “Quiero imponer una marca tan alta que a la siguiente persona que trate de alcanzarla se le reviente el corazón”. Fue seleccionado jugador más valioso de la Liga Nacional de Fútbol Americano en 1977 y 1985. Su último coach, Mike Ditka, dijo que Payton era “el mejor jugador de fútbol que haya visto”. Payton fue incorporado al Salón de la Fama del Fútbol Profesional en 1993.
En esta acuarela por Merv Corning, Payton está sentado, muy concentrado en el partido. La perspectiva y las pinceladas azules de la chaqueta resaltan la fuerza increíble de esta leyenda del fútbol.
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