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Walter Payton - Legendary Chicago Bears Rushing Force

James Neumann, billboards

As chairman and CEO of OOS Investments, LLC, James Neumann oversees a Chicago outdoor advertising company that has placed billboards across the country. James Neumann enjoys family activities with his grandchildren in his free time and follows sports from hockey to football. His favorite athlete of all time is Walter Payton.

Playing for 13 years with the Chicago Bears, Walter Payton had a Hall of Fame career that included Pro Bowl selection in nine seasons. Starting in 1975, he gained a reputation for agility, speed, and an ability to break tackles. During his breakout 1977 season, he achieved the record for most running yardage in a single game with 275 and earned the league MVP award.

A productive member of the 1985 Bears team, which included quarterback Jim McMahon and William “Refrigerator” Perry, Payton earned his first and only Super Bowl ring a year prior to his retirement. Under the leadership of Coach Mike Ditka, he helped defeat the New England Patriots in a resounding 46-10 Super Bowl effort. By the time he departed the gridiron, Payton had amassed 16,726 total rushing yards, a record that stood until Emmitt Smith, who retired in 2004 with 18,355 total yards.

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