Walter Payton's family has been struggling to get a statue of the football great placed at Soldier Field.
Walter Payton's family has been struggling to get a statue of the football great placed outside Soldier Field, but to no avail.
For the last few weeks, the family's been in discussions with the Chicago Park District, but making little headway, according to the Tribune. Park District officials explained, according to the Payton family, that the areas around Soldier Field are to be preserved for memorials to war veterans.
Officials are also concerned that a statue of Payton would call attention to the fact that no other Hall of Famers are equally represented.
Officials reportedly offered to place a statue of Payton in any other park in Chicago.
The Bears' office is working with the family.
The statue will be life size, with a base of about five or six feet.
The tenth anniversary of Payton's death is Nov. 1st.