CHAMPCAR/CART: Walter Payton Memorial Service

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CHICAGO - A public memorial service for Hall of Famer Walter Payton, the NFL's all-time leading rusher, will be held Saturday at Soldier Field. Payton died Monday of bile duct cancer. He was 45. Nicknamed "Sweetness," Payton played 13...

CHICAGO - A public memorial service for Hall of Famer Walter Payton, the NFL's all-time leading rusher, will be held Saturday at Soldier Field.

Payton died Monday of bile duct cancer. He was 45.

Nicknamed "Sweetness," Payton played 13 seasons with the Chicago Bears and rushed for a league-record 16,726 yards.

The public ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. EST. The Bears and Chicago Park District are expecting overflow crowds. Soldier Field has a capacity of 66,944.

Current members of the Bears along with Payton's teammates and fellow NFL players will be present to take part in the festivities. League and political dignitaries will be among the speakers.

The private memorial service, by invitation only, was held today at Life Changers Church in South Barrington, Illinois.

The Bears will wear a football-shaped patch bearing the No. 34 on the left side of their jerseys for the remainder of the season to commemorate Payton.

Payton had been suffering from primary sclerosing cholangitis, a condition that results in scarring and inflammation of the bile ducts. The rare liver disease developed into cancer, no longer making Payton a candidate for a liver transplant.

Payton was also a team owner in the Championship Auto Raceing Teams Series, as well as a former race car driver.

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