There were high school coaches such as Charles Boston that took me under his wing and taught me the fundamentals of football. And when I went to college there was Robert Hill who took me there and he showed me what hard work and determination would do if you put forth the effort and you take a little time.

- Walter Payton

You look at a Pete Rose to be the terrific athlete he is and then he falls on hard times, but when he played the game, I got something from the way he played the game because he hustled every play, and just because he had one mistake in his life, am I supposed to throw back everything that I gained from him?

- Walter Payton

I developed my training routine going into my senior year at Jackson State. I found this sandbank by the Pearl River near my hometown, Columbia, Miss. I laid out a course of 65 yards or so. Sixty-five yards on sand is like 120 on turf, but running on sand helps you make your cuts at full speed.

- Walter Payton

Running alone is the toughest. You get to the point where you have to keep pushing yourself.

- Walter Payton

Money isn't everything. Do you get married because of money? Do you have kids because of money?

- Walter Payton

Remember, tomorrow is promised to no one.

- Walter Payton

If you could go back and change things, you might not be the person you are right now.

- Walter Payton

I want to be remembered like Pete Rose. 'Charlie Hustle.' I want people to say, 'Wherever he was, he was always giving it his all.'

- Walter Payton

I wanted to be a professional drummer.

- Walter Payton

I am happy to say that everyone that I have met in my life, I have gained something from them; be it negative or positive, it has enforced and reinforced my life in some aspect.

- Walter Payton