Sean Payton
American football player and coach
Sean Payton
Patrick Sean Payton is an American head coach for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. Payton was a quarterback at Naperville Central High School and Eastern Illinois University and played professionally in 1987 and 1988. He began his coaching career as offensive assistant for San Diego State University and had several assistant coaching positions in collegiate and NFL teams before being named as the 10th full-time coach in Saints history in 2006.
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Payton makes it personal as Saints run it up against Rams
Yahoo News - 3 months
(The Sports Xchange) - New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton would never admit it, but this was intensely personal. It is no secret there is not much love between Payton and his former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who directed a take-no-prisoners defense in 2009 en route to the Saints' Super Bowl championship over the Indianapolis Colts. In routing the visiting Los Angeles Rams 49-21 on Sunday, an animated Payton responded to the Saints' cascade of seven touchdowns by pumping his fists, glaring across the field at Williams and mouthing some colorful taunts in his direction.
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Sean Payton lobbies for replay review of pass interference -
Google News - 4 months Sean Payton lobbies for replay review of pass interference There were several games on Sunday that featured pass interference calls or non-calls that were highly debatable at the very least and Saints coach Sean Payton would like to see the ability to ask for a second look on such plays in the future. Payton's ... Dan Quinn, Sean Payton call for replay reviews of pass interference after disputed callsSporting News Sean Payton doubles down on desire to make pass interference Kenny Vaccaro won't let Saints' defense accept 'Victory Monday'ESPN (blog) -Canal Street Chronicles -The Comeback (blog) all 31 news articles »
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Saints Coach Sean Payton speaks out against guns after former player Will Smith's death
LATimes - 11 months
New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton doesn't consider himself to be an extreme liberal, but he's about as far left as you can get on at least one major issue. "I hate guns," he told USA Today on Monday, two days after the shooting death of former Saints defensive end Will Smith. According to Payton,...
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With Giants Job Open, Sean Payton Reaffirms Vow to Saints
NYTimes - about 1 year
Payton, a former Giants assistant who had seemed a potential candidate to replace Tom Coughlin as their coach, said he would stay with the Saints “as long as they’ll have me.”
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Saints Coach Payton: Brees Is Day-To-Day With Foot Injury
NYTimes - about 1 year
Saints coach Sean Payton said Wednesday that it remains unclear whether quarterback Drew Brees will play in Sunday's home finale against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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Texans regard diminutive Saints receiver Brandin Cooks as ‘very dangerous’
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
Nicknames haven’t stuck for diminutive, elusive New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks. Not “Lightning,” and not “The Squirrel.” Generously listed at 5-10, 189 pounds on the Saints’ roster, Cooks’ explosiveness and 4.33 speed in the 40-yard dash have made him extremely difficult for defensive backs to slow down. “I would nickname him very good, V.G. maybe, very good,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said. “He’s a really good player and they try to get him the ball in a lot of different ways. They’re very creative with him. He’s very fast. He’s a strong player. “I really liked him when he was coming out of Oregon State. He’s got good hands, he can run all the routes. He’s a guy that you can throw screens to, you can throw shot plays to, intermediate routes, run him on reverses and speed sweeps and things like that. So, he’s a really good player.” A former Biletnikoff award winner in college drafted in the first round last year, Cooks was a consensus All-American in college wh ...
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Saints Fire Defensive Coordinator Ryan
NYTimes - over 1 year
Saints coach Sean Payton promised changes were coming to his sagging defense. He started by firing defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
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Sean Payton: 'The sky is not falling today'
Fox News - over 1 year
Sean Payton: 'The sky is not falling today'
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No game ball for Drew Brees on Sunday -
Google News - over 1 year No game ball for Drew Brees on Sunday It's a good thing that Drew Brees tied the NFL record for touchdown passes in a single game, became the oldest player to throw for 500 yards in a game and set a Saints record with 40 completions because he otherwise wouldn't have anything to show for ... Saints' Drew Brees, Sean Payton are playing to winESPN (blog) Did Eli Manning play the best game of his career in Giants' loss to New Drew Brees Throws Seven Touchdown Passes as Saints Beat Giants in Final SecondsNew York Times Boston Herald -ABC News -SB Nation all 1,237 news articles »
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For Adam Gase and Bears offense, less is more right now
Chicago Times - over 1 year
Sometimes at Halas Hall when Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase's voice rises explaining a concept players find hard to grasp, left tackle Jermon Bushrod's mind drifts back to the Big Easy. Saints coach Sean Payton, one of the NFL's sharpest offensive minds, sounded similarly stringent during...
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Week 8 fantasy start/sit: Mark Ingram rules (no thanks to Sean Payton)
Chicago Times - over 1 year
Call it a gut feeling or a quirk of matchups, but several Week 8 games offer promising prospects for running backs. In several case, teams that excel in the running game will face teams that are weak against the run. START Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers vs. Bengals Big Ben's back from a sprain...
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List of high-profile sporting bans and fines
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
(Reuters) - The NFL suspended New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady without pay for the first four games of the 16-game season, fined the franchise $1 million and took away two draft picks on Monday for their role in Deflategate. Here is a list of some of the more notable punishments doled out in sport: - Major League Baseball's Alex Rodriguez was suspended for the entire 162 games of the 2014 season for his role in a doping a scandal that also cost the New York Yankees slugger about $22 million in lost salary. - The NFL's New Orleans Saints were fined $500,000 and lost two second-round draft picks while head coach Sean Payton was suspended the entire 2012 season and general manager Mickey Loomis for eight games over a bounty program that rewarded players for deliberately injuring opposing players.
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New Orleans Saints 2015 Draft Preview
Fox News - almost 2 years
( - New Orleans coach Sean Payton is an offensive guy but he's on record saying the Saints have "to bring in some (defensive) guys that we feel like can help us play right away."Nebraska's Randy Gregory is the best pure pass rusher in this draft and likely would have been a top-five pick if not for a significant marijuana problem
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Ryan Pace an intriguing alternative for Bears
Chicago Times - about 2 years
If the Bears were going to shock the NFL world by luring a highly valued member of the Saints organization who played college football at Eastern Illinois, I would have preferred Sean Payton.
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Fun Wasn't the Only Important Page From Pete Carroll's College Playbook
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Before leaving a cushy college gig at USC and taking over the Seahawks, Pete Carroll didn't seem a likely candidate for another NFL head coaching job. After winning the Super Bowl, he proved that his college approach works in the pros. There just may be more to it than you've heard. Carroll has a reputation for being fun. He is. I covered USC football for two seasons and watched him bounce around with more energy than his soon-to-be-NFL stars who were technically young enough to be his grandkids. He threw passes in practice. He convinced celebrities to pull pranks on his players. He organized and played in pickup basketball games because apparently he might die if he ever stops moving. At 62 years old, he's now the second oldest coach in the NFL and almost certainly the most exuberant. In a poll released just last week, 72 percent of active NFL players said Carroll was the coach they'd most like to play for. The runner-up got 14 percent. ESPN raised a common backhanded compliment: ...
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Russell Wilson Highlights: Seahawks QB Outplays Drew Brees In NFC Showdown (VIDEO/PHOTOS)
Huffington Post Sports - about 3 years
SEATTLE (AP) — Russell Wilson was so impressed with the way Seattle prepared for its showdown against New Orleans that he made a point of texting coach Pete Carroll about it. That's just how Wilson is wired and partly why the Seahawks were the first team in the NFL to clinch a playoff spot with their 34-7 manhandling of the Saints on Monday night. "That preparation was big," Wilson said. "I really think it showed up tonight." Seattle is the first team bound for the postseason. They need to go 2-2 in their final four games to wrap up home-field advantage and make the NFC playoffs go through Seattle. Wilson finished with 310 yards passing and attempted only three passes in the fourth quarter for 13 yards. His first three quarters were so good he could have become a spectator in the fourth. He threw touchdown passes of 2 yards to Zach Miller and 4 yards to Doug Baldwin in the first half as Seattle built a 27-7 lead. Wilson added a pinball 8-yard TD pass to Derrick Coleman in the ...
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Bouncing Booties, Bounties and Bankruptcy: PR Pardons for 2013
Huffington Post - about 3 years
It's been a tough PR year for President Barack Obama. Between the botched roll-out of his Affordable Care Act and the shenanigans at the NSA, he probably wants to wring a lot of necks right about now, but on Wednesday he will spare the neck of the nation's official Thanksgiving Turkey. And once again, we'll use the presidential holiday photo opp to issue a few pardons of our own. "PR Pardons" are for those we think have paid their public penance and deserve a fresh start -- at least from a public relations perspective. Don't worry, despite dominating national coverage, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and are not on our list. Those who did make the list include: 1.) Miley Cyrus Okay, let's admit it. Hannah Montana had to die -- and the best way for Miley to kill her was a series of over the top performances and no less than 1,000 selfies that she Twerked and Tweeted around the world. Sure, we cringed (like Will Smith and family did at the MTV VMAs) and scratched our c ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sean Payton
  • 2016
    Age 52
    Payton has agreed to a new 5-year contract extension as head coach of the Saints on March 23, 2016.
    More Details Hide Details On March 2, 2012, the NFL concluded after a thorough investigation that from 2009 to 2011, the Saints implemented a bounty program which rewarded players for deliberately attempting to knock opposing players out of games. The slush fund was determined to be administered by defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who joined the team in 2009. An extensive league investigation found that Payton was implicated in the Bounty Scandal. The league determined Payton went as far as to orchestrate a cover-up when the league first investigated it in the 2009-10 offseason. When informed that the league was investigating reports of a bounty program, Payton met with Williams and assistant head coach Joe Vitt and told them, "Let's make sure our ducks are in a row." According to a league memo, the NFL reopened its investigation late in the 2011 season. Just before the Saints' playoff game against the Detroit Lions, league officials alerted Saints owner Tom Benson that they had found irrefutable evidence of the Saints' bounty program. When general manager Mickey Loomis informed Payton that the league had reopened its investigation, Payton failed to shut the alleged program down.
    On March 23, 2016, Payton agreed to a 5 years contract extension with the Saints. Under Payton's leadership, the New Orleans Saints made the 2006 NFL playoffs after a 3–13 season in 2005, and Payton won the AP NFL Coach of the Year Award because of this effort. Following the 2009 season, the New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl championship.
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    On January 6, 2016, he announced that he would stay with the Saints despite interest from other teams that had led to speculation that he would be traded.
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  • 2015
    Age 51
    Shortly before the 2015 season, which coincided with the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, he hosted a dinner for the four coaches and four players who had continuously been with the Saints since he became head coach, and presented each of them with a Rolex watch.
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    A previously agreed-upon extension of his contract through 2015 was voided by the NFL.
    More Details Hide Details This left his status after the 2012 season unclear until December of that year, when he agreed to a five-year contract which made him the highest paid coach in the history of the NFL. Payton was born in San Mateo, California, and raised in Naperville, Illinois, by parents Thomas and Jeanne Payton. Payton's parents were originally from Scranton, Pennsylvania; Thomas worked in the insurance industry. Sean Payton lived in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, during his grade school and middle school years (1970 to 1978).
  • 2014
    Age 50
    In 2014, after his suspension and the finalization of his divorce, he moved from the New Orleans suburbs where he had kept his in-season home to Uptown New Orleans, buying a condo in that neighborhood, and now lives there year-round.
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  • 2012
    Age 48
    In June 2012, Payton and his wife of nearly 20 years, Beth Payton, filed for divorce.
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    During his 2012 suspension from the NFL, Payton served as the offensive coordinator for his son Connor's sixth-grade team in Argyle, Texas.
    More Details Hide Details The team was led by quarterback Niko Bossinakis, fullback Ben Ward, and receiver Michael Manning. Payton used a simplified version of the Saints playbook, and the team went unbeaten until losing near the end of the regular season to a team that ran the single-wing, which his team was unable to stop. Since he believed he would face that team again in the league's playoffs, he obtained video that the father of one of his players recorded, and then contacted his mentor Parcells to help him break down the opponent's offense. The teams indeed faced one another in the league finals; Payton's team lost a considerably closer game in which they were able to slow down the opposing offense to a Springtown Pee Wee team. NFL head coaches under whom Sean Payton has served: Assistant coaches under Sean Payton who became NFL or college head coaches:
    The NFL's action left Payton's contract status in doubt beyond the 2012 season, although Payton said that he intended to return to the Saints.
    More Details Hide Details NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reinstated Payton on January 22, 2013.
    Soon after the suspension was announced, Payton began discussions with his mentor, Parcells, about serving as interim coach for the 2012 season.
    More Details Hide Details In September 2011 the Saints and Payton agreed to extend Payton's contract through 2015. However, on November 4, 2012, the NFL revealed that it had disallowed the extension because it contained a clause the NFL deemed to violate its rules, which would have allowed Payton to leave if Saints general manager Mickey Loomis were not with the team.
    On March 30, 2012, Payton lodged a formal appeal of his suspension.
    More Details Hide Details Goodell held an expedited hearing on the matter and was expected to render a decision in "days, not weeks," according to ESPN's Schefter. Payton also used the hearing as a chance to get clarification on the terms of his ban. Goodell turned the appeal down on April 9, meaning that Payton's suspension was set to begin on April 16. He was to remain suspended until the end of Super Bowl XLVII, which was held in New Orleans. According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, Payton was to forfeit $5.8 million of his $7.1 million salary. He was barred from even casual contact with anyone in the NFL; any such contact would have to be reported to NFL executive Ray Anderson.
    On March 22, 2012, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Payton for the entire 2012 season, effective April 1.
    More Details Hide Details Payton became the first head coach in modern NFL history to be suspended for any reason. Goodell was particularly upset that Payton and other Saints officials had lied to him about the scheme. For instance, during its investigation, the league uncovered an email that Michael Ornstein, the agent for former Saints running back Reggie Bush, had sent to Payton. In reality, the Ornstein email wasn’t directly sent to Payton, instead it came to team spokesman Greg Bensel, who then forwarded it to the coaching staff with this message: “email from Orny (he asked that I send it) the dude is in prison so I told him I would.” The email stated "put me down for $5000 on "Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers". "It's a running joke going for three years," Ornstein said. "Ornstein's email is just another example of the speciousness of the quote-unquote evidence that Commissioner (Roger) Goodell claims to have to support his erroneous accusations against Jonathan and the other players," lawyer Peter Ginsberg said. "As more of the evidence is revealed in the media, it is becoming more and more apparent how irresponsible the NFL's actions have been." When confronted with the email, Payton initially claimed he never read it, but subsequently admitted that he had. In an interview with ESPN's Adam Schefter, Goodell implied that Payton would have faced significant punishment even if he'd been more forthcoming.
    On March 21, 2012, Payton was suspended for the entire 2012 NFL season, originally set to take effect April 1, 2012, as a result of his alleged involvement in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal, under which "bounties" were allegedly paid for contact that would "knock out" targeted players on opposing teams.
    More Details Hide Details Payton has denied that any program encouraging Saints players to injure opposing players ever existed, even though the NFL claims their evidence proves otherwise. Assistant coach Joe Vitt stated "We had a pay to perform program, just like many NFL teams do, but there was never a bounty program, we didn't ever encourage a pay-to-injure program. That's just not true. We never crossed the line." Payton filed an appeal of his suspension with the league the Friday before it was set to take effect. On April 9, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (the same individual who handed down the suspension) denied his appeal; his suspension began on April 16. Goodell reinstated Payton on January 22, 2013. Payton is under contract with the Saints at least until the end of the 2017 season.
  • 2011
    Age 47
    On October 16, 2011, while coaching against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Payton broke his tibia and tore his MCL in a collision with tight end Jimmy Graham's helmet after Graham was tackled on the sideline.
    More Details Hide Details Payton has agreed to a new multi-year contract extension as head coach of the Saints beginning in 2013.
  • 2010
    Age 46
    In June 2010, Payton published a book (written with journalist Ellis Henican) entitled Home Team: Coaching the Saints and New Orleans Back to Life.
    More Details Hide Details The book opened at number 8 on the non-fiction bestseller list of The New York Times. Payton described the concept of Home Team: "I didn't want to write another winning-on-the-field book or about modern-day leadership I wanted to write a book about the stories, ones that you sit around and tell your friends."
  • 2009
    Age 45
    In 2009, Payton aggressively coached the Saints to their most successful season, with a 13–3 regular season, and a 31–17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV.
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  • 2007
    Age 43
    Receiving 44 out of 50 votes from a panel of sports journalists and broadcasters, Payton won the AP NFL Coach of the Year Award in January 2007.
    More Details Hide Details In the 2007 season, the Saints tried to improve upon their 10–6 record from the previous season. They and the Pittsburgh Steelers opened the NFL preseason, playing the Hall of Fame Game on August 5, 2007. The Saints were 3–2 in the pre-season. The Saints also had the honor of opening the season against the defending champion Indianapolis Colts. The Saints finished the 2007 season 7–9.
  • 2006
    Age 42
    Payton received his first head coaching job in 2006 with the New Orleans Saints.
    More Details Hide Details In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, in the 2005 season the Saints had finished with a 3–13 record, ranking as the second worst team in the league. However, Payton turned the struggling team around, and, with newly acquired free agent quarterback Drew Brees, led them to their first playoff appearance in 6 years. The team had one of the league’s most productive offenses, ranking first in passing, and fifth in points scored. The Saints won the NFC South with a 10–6 record, had a first round playoff bye and notched only the second playoff win in franchise history, giving them a berth in the NFC Championship Game against the top-seeded Chicago Bears. The Saints out-gained the Bears in total yards of offense, but lost the game by the lopsided score of 39–14.
  • 2005
    Age 41
    In 2005, he was promoted by Parcells to assistant head coach/passing game coordinator.
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  • 2003
    Age 39
    Payton joined Bill Parcells and the Cowboys as an assistant head coach and a quarterbacks coach in 2003, where he helped coach Quincy Carter, Vinny Testaverde, and Drew Bledsoe to 3,000-yard seasons.
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  • 2002
    Age 38
    During the 2002 season, after several poor showings by the Giants' offense, Payton's role in play-calling was taken over by then head coach Jim Fassel.
    More Details Hide Details Under Fassel the offense improved and propelled the team to a wild-card playoff berth. While Payton was still ostensibly in charge of the offense, his role in the team was clearly diminished and had he not been hired away by the Dallas Cowboys, he likely would have been fired.
  • 1999
    Age 35
    In 1999 Sean Payton was hired as the quarterbacks coach for the New York Giants and was promoted to the role of offensive coordinator in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details Under his guidance, the Giants would go on to represent the NFC in Super Bowl XXXV. During this time, he was known to lock himself in the stadium and sleep on the couches while studying plays during off-days. At around 6:45 a.m. on September 11, 2001, the New York Giants' flight from Denver, where the Giants played the Denver Broncos for the first Monday Night Football game of 2001, landed at the gate of Newark Liberty International Airport next to United Airlines Flight 93, the flight that was hijacked and eventually crashed in rural Pennsylvania. Payton recalls this moment in his autobiography Home Team: Coaching the Saints and New Orleans Back to Life.
  • 1998
    Age 34
    In 1998, Gruden and Callahan left for the Oakland Raiders, and Eagles head coach Ray Rhodes and Payton were fired.
    More Details Hide Details The Eagles' quarterbacks passed for 4,009 yards in 1997.
  • 1997
    Age 33
    From 1997 to 1998, Payton was quarterbacks coach for the Philadelphia Eagles and worked with offensive coordinator Jon Gruden and offensive line coach Bill Callahan.
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  • 1996
    Age 32
    At the University of Illinois in 1996, he coached QB Scott Weaver, who completed 56% of his passes for over 1,700 yards and 7 TD.
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  • 1992
    Age 28
    He coached Marshall Faulk from 1992 to 1993 while serving at San Diego State.
    More Details Hide Details As OC at Miami University, he helped RB Deland McCullough run for over 1,100 yards. In 1995, the team scored the most points in a season (326) since 1986 and finished 8-2-1. RB Deland McCullough ran for over 1,600 yards with 14 TD and QB Sam Ricketts also threw 14 TD.
  • 1988
    Age 24
    Payton began his coaching career in 1988 as an offensive assistant at San Diego State University.
    More Details Hide Details He made a series of assistant coaching positions at Indiana State University, Miami University (OC), Illinois, and again at San Diego State (running backs coach), before landing a job as the quarterbacks coach with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1997.
    In 1988, he played for the Leicester Panthers of the semi-professional UK Budweiser National League.
    More Details Hide Details Payton landed the starting quarterback role for the Panthers. Payton led the Panthers to a touchdown on their first possession. That same season saw the Panthers go to the Quarterfinals of the British League, eventually losing to the London Olympians after Payton returned to the US to take up a coaching position.
  • 1987
    Age 23
    He was also a member of the Chicago Bears squad of strikebreaking replacement players, known as the "Spare Bears", during the 1987 NFL players strike.
    More Details Hide Details In 3 games he completed 8 of 23 passes (34.8%), for 79 yards, TDs, and 1 INT, a passer rating of 27.3. He was also sacked 7 times for 47 yards and had one rush attempt for 28 yards. Coincidentally, his one interception came against the New Orleans Saints, the team he would later go on to coach to a Super Bowl.
    In 1987, he played quarterback for the Chicago Bruisers and Pittsburgh Gladiators during the inaugural season of the Arena Football League, before his rights were sold for $1,000.00 to the Ottawa Rough Riders of the CFL.
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    Although he was not drafted in the 1987 NFL Draft, Payton tried out for the Kansas City Chiefs for one day.
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  • 1986
    Age 22
    Winning a football scholarship, Payton had a successful career playing quarterback at Eastern Illinois University, leading the Panthers to an 11–2 record and the quarter-finals of the Division I-AA Playoffs in 1986; while at EIU, he became a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.
    More Details Hide Details Under coach Al Molde, Payton's Eastern Illinois teams were known as "Eastern Airlines" due to their prolific passing attack that frequently topped 300 yards per game (and had 509 passing yards in one game, still a school record).
  • 1982
    Age 18
    Sean attended Naperville Central High School in Naperville, Illinois, starting as quarterback his senior year before graduating in 1982.
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  • 1963
    Born on December 29, 1963.
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