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Walter Payton vs Emmitt Smith Comparison

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Walter Payton vs Emmitt Smith Comparison

Head-to-head comparison of NFL Hall of Fame running backs Walter Payton and Emmitt Smith that includes stats, Super Bowls, and various awards.  Go to our Player Comparison page to check out other comparisons.

Position, Height and Weight

Teams

Walter Payton – Chicago Bears
Emmitt Smith – Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals

Position

Walter Payton – Running Back
Emmitt Smith – Running Back

Height

Walter Payton – 5’10”
Emmitt Smith – 5’9″

Weight

Walter Payton – 200
Emmitt Smith – 221

Super Bowl and Seasons Played

Super Bowls Wins

Walter Payton – 1 (1986) Unknown
Emmitt Smith – 3 (1993, 1994, 1996) UnknownUnknownUnknown

Super Bowl Appearances

Walter Payton – 1 (1986) Unknown
Emmitt Smith – 3 (1993, 1994, 1996) UnknownUnknownUnknown

Playoff Appearances

Walter Payton – 6 (1977, 1979, 1984-1987)  UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
Emmitt Smith – 8 (1991-1996, 1998-1999)  UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown

Seasons Played

Walter Payton – 13 UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
Emmitt Smith – 15 UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown

Awards and Honors

Hall of Fame

Walter Payton – Yes (1993) Unknown
Emmitt Smith – Yes (2010) Unknown

Number Retired

Walter Payton – Yes (Bears 34) Unknown
Emmitt Smith – No

NFL MVPs

Walter Payton – 3 (1976, 1977, 1985) UnknownUnknownUnknown
Emmitt Smith – 2 (1992, 1993) UnknownUnknown

Super Bowl MVP

Walter Payton – 0
Emmitt Smith – 1 (1994) Unknown

Pro Bowls

Walter Payton – 9 (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986) UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
Emmitt Smith – 8 (1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999) UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown

AP First Team All-Pro

Walter Payton – 6 (1976, 1977, 1980, 1984, 1985) UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
Emmitt Smith – 4 (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995) UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown

AP Second Team All-Pro

Walter Payton – 3 (1978-1979, 1986) UnknownUnknownUnknown
Emmitt Smith – 1 (1991) Unknown

NFL Rushing Leader

Walter Payton – 1 (1977) Unknown
Emmitt Smith – 4 (1991, 1992, 1993, 1995) UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown

NFL Rushing Touchdown Leader

Walter Payton – 1 (1977) Unknown
Emmitt Smith – 3 (1992, 1994-1995) UnknownUnknownUnknown

NFL Offensive Player of the Year

Walter Payton – 2 (1977, 1985) UnknownUnknown
Emmitt Smith – 1 (1993) Unknown

Conference Offensive Player of the Year

Walter Payton – 2 (1977, 1985) UnknownUnknown
Emmitt Smith – 1 (1993) Unknown

Offensive Rookie of the Year

Walter Payton – 0
Emmitt Smith – 1 (1990) Unknown

Regular Season Career Stats

Games

Walter Payton – 190
Emmitt Smith – 226 Unknown

Games Started

Walter Payton – 184
Emmitt Smith – 219 Unknown

Attempts

Walter Payton – 3,838
Emmitt Smith – 4,409 (Record) Unknown

Rushing Yards

Walter Payton – 16,726
Emmitt Smith – 18,355 (Record) Unknown

Touchdowns

Walter Payton – 110
Emmitt Smith – 164 (Record) Unknown

Longest Rushing Attempt

Walter Payton – 76 Unknown
Emmitt Smith -75

Rushing Yards per Game

Walter Payton – 88.0 Unknown
Emmitt Smith – 81.2

Rushing Yards per Attempt

Walter Payton – 4.4 Unknown
Emmitt Smith – 4.2

Rushing Attempts per Game

Walter Payton – 20.2 Unknown
Emmitt Smith – 19.5

Receptions

Walter Payton – 492
Emmitt Smith – 515 Unknown

Receiving Yards

Walter Payton – 4,538 Unknown
Emmitt Smith – 3,224

Yards per Receptions

Walter Payton – 9.2 Unknown
Emmitt Smith – 6.3

Receiving Touchdowns

Walter Payton – 15 Unknown
Emmitt Smith – 11

Longest Reception

Walter Payton – 75
Emmitt Smith – 86 Unknown

Receptions per Game

Walter Payton – 2.6 Unknown
Emmitt Smith – 2.3

Receiving Yards Per Game

Walter Payton – 23.9 Unknown
Emmitt Smith – 14.3

Yards from Scrimmage 

Walter Payton – 21,264
Emmitt Smith – 21,579 Unknown

All-Purpose Yards

Walter Payton – 21,803 Unknown
Emmitt Smith – 21,579

Fumbles

Walter Payton – 86
Emmitt Smith – 61 Unknown

Playoffs Career Stats

Games

Walter Payton – 9
Emmitt Smith – 17 Unknown

Games Started

Walter Payton – 9
Emmitt Smith – 17 Unknown

Attempts

Walter Payton – 180
Emmitt Smith – 349 Unknown

Rushing Yards

Walter Payton – 632
Emmitt Smith – 1,586 (Record) Unknown

Touchdowns

Walter Payton – 2
Emmitt Smith – 19 (Record) Unknown

Longest Rushing Attempt

Walter Payton – 20
Emmitt Smith – 65 Unknown

Rushing Yards per Game

Walter Payton – 70.2
Emmitt Smith – 93.3 Unknown

Rushing Yards per Attempt

Walter Payton – 3.5
Emmitt Smith – 4.5 Unknown

Receptions

Walter Payton – 22
Emmitt Smith – 46 Unknown

Receiving Yards

Walter Payton – 178
Emmitt Smith – 342 Unknown

Yards per Receptions

Walter Payton – 8.1 Unknown
Emmitt Smith – 7.4

Receiving Touchdowns

Walter Payton – 0
Emmitt Smith – 2 Unknown

Longest Reception

Walter Payton – 31 Unknown
Emmitt Smith – 28

Receptions per Game

Walter Payton – 2.4
Emmitt Smith – 2.7 Unknown

Receiving Yards Per Game

Walter Payton – 19.8
Emmitt Smith – 20.1 Unknown

Yards from Scrimmage 

Walter Payton – 810
Emmitt Smith – 1,928 Unknown

Fumbles

Walter Payton – 4 Unknown
Emmitt Smith – 4 Unknown

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