Rare Photos from the 1987 NFL Season

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Sean Payton

The NFL Players' Union went on strike midway through the 1987 season to lobby for a collective bargaining agreement, leaving many teams without complete rosters. Owners hastily picked up replacement players to fill the void, one such player being Sean Payton, a reserve quarterback for the Chicago "Spare Bears." Though he completed just eight of 23 passes during his brief stint in the league, Payton later found success in the NFL, coaching the New Orleans Saints to a Super Bowl XLIV championship.

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