Marshall University football great Michael Payton dies at 48

The Marshall community is morning the death of former quarterback Michael Payton who died Wednesday at the age of 48. (Marshall Athletics)

The Marshall community is mourning the death of former quarterback Michael Payton who died Wednesday at the age of 48.

Marshall Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick released the following statement:

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of Thundering Herd great Michael Payton. An All-American and a member of the Marshall Athletics and College Football Halls of Fame, his loss will he felt by so many.”

In his senior season, Payton led the Thundering Herd to its first national championship in 1992 and was the awarded the Walter Payton Award which is given to the best player in NCAA Division I-AA football. Payton was also a consensus first-team All-American.

Payton was named the Southern Conference Player of the year twice in 1991 and 1992. He was also named the West Virginia Athlete of the Year and Man of the Year in those years.

In 1999, Payton was inducted into the Marshal Athletics Hall of Fame.

In 2005, Payton was one of 17 players inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

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