In a previous entry, I mentioned how Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice conditioned himself by running hills throughout his career. Rice certainly was not the first or last football great that took to the hills to prepare himself.
Walter Payton is yet another NFL legend who thrived on this simplistic form of conditioning. Like Rice, Payton is one of the greatest players to ever play the game and also one of the best conditioned.
Despite his premature passing in 1999, Payton’s off-season workouts are still spoken of regularly. Those who played with him were amazed at his work ethic off the field. He literally ran everyone (including himself) into the ground.
Below is a brief video where Payton can be heard speaking about his legendary hill workouts.