Michael Jordan is the athlete most associated with the City of Chicago, but if you ask Chicagoans to identify their all-time favorite player, chances are the answer will be, "Walter"...delivered with a bit of moisture forming in their eyes.
Walter Payton came from a humble background and small school and became the NFL's most valuable player, all-time leading rusher, and Super Bowl champion. He personified the Chicago spirit with his relentless work ethic, his infectious smile, the trademark way that he delivered punishment to defenders before they could do the same to him, and the way that he stretched and fought for every extra yard. That was the Chicago Way.
For years he toiled on sub-par teams, but never complained or let up his effort -- consistently leading the league in carries, yards, grins and practical jokes. Towards the end of his career he finally found a championship-caliber team around him and won the world title with our Chicago Bears after the 1985 season. Two years later he would retire, only twelve years after that -- at the age of 45 -- he passed away.
Walter died on November 1, 1999 and the Bears wore a commemorative patch featuring his number 34 for the remainder of that season. Wearing the patch for the first time after his passing, the Bears defeated their arch-rival Green Bay Packers on a miraculously blocked FG on the final play. The hand of Walter!
This shirt replicates Walter's memorial patch and places it front-and-center. Show your love and respect for the memory of a great man, a great player and a great champion -- not to mention your favorite team. It's available on navy, orange or sports greyshirts in sizes up to 5XL. (Alternate sizes/cuts/colors may be available on request).