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Walter Payton and his mom, Alyne, pose during a June 1984 SI photo shoot. Mother’s Day is this Sunday. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)

GALLERY: Athletes and Their Moms

Walter Payton and his mom, Alyne, pose during a June 1984 SI photo shoot. Mother’s Day is this Sunday. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)
GALLERY: Athletes and Their Moms

On this day in 1985, the Chicago Bears released the famous “Super Bowl Shuffle,” a memorable song about their hopes of winning the NFL championship. The song proved to be true as the Bears would roll through the playoffs, culminating in a 46-10 victory over New England in Super Bowl XX. (Paul Natkin/Getty Images)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of the 1985 Bears

On this day in 1985, the Chicago Bears released the famous “Super Bowl Shuffle,” a memorable song about their hopes of winning the NFL championship. The song proved to be true as the Bears would roll through the playoffs, culminating in a 46-10 victory over New England in Super Bowl XX. (Paul Natkin/Getty Images)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of the 1985 Bears

Walter Payton jumps over a pile of defenders to score a touchdown during a 1984 Bears-Saints game. Later in the game, Payton would pass Jim Brown as the NFL’s all-time leading rusher. (Andy Hayt/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Walter Payton | NFL’s All-Time Top RBs

Walter Payton jumps over a pile of defenders to score a touchdown during a 1984 Bears-Saints game. Later in the game, Payton would pass Jim Brown as the NFL’s all-time leading rusher. (Andy Hayt/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Walter Payton | NFL’s All-Time Top RBs

Bears teammates Walter Payton and William Perry high five after a Nov. 1985 victory over the Packers. The Bears would go onto win the Super Bowl two months later. (John Biever/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of the 1985 Chicago Bears
BANKS: NFL Power Rankings
KING: Team-by-team previews

Bears teammates Walter Payton and William Perry high five after a Nov. 1985 victory over the Packers. The Bears would go onto win the Super Bowl two months later. (John Biever/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of the 1985 Chicago BearsBANKS: NFL Power RankingsKING: Team-by-team previews

Walter Payton was an artist on the field (see post below) and certainly appreciated a fine musician during his time off it. In this 1986 photo, Sweetness hangs out with Phil Collins during the Bears’ trip to London for the American Bowl. (AP)

Walter Payton was an artist on the field (see post below) and certainly appreciated a fine musician during his time off it. In this 1986 photo, Sweetness hangs out with Phil Collins during the Bears’ trip to London for the American Bowl. (AP)

This week’s issue of Sports Illustrated has three covers. The first features Philadelphia pitchers Cliff Lee and Ryan Madson as the two aces prepare for the playoffs. The second shows Bills corneback Drayton Florence returning a Tom Brady interception for a touchdown and the final is of former Bears RB Walter Payton, the subject of a just-published biography. (Phillies - Al Tielemans/SI; Bills - Al Tielemans/SI; Bears - Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

This week’s issue of Sports Illustrated has three covers. The first features Philadelphia pitchers Cliff Lee and Ryan Madson as the two aces prepare for the playoffs. The second shows Bills corneback Drayton Florence returning a Tom Brady interception for a touchdown and the final is of former Bears RB Walter Payton, the subject of a just-published biography. (Phillies - Al Tielemans/SI; Bills - Al Tielemans/SI; Bears - Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)