Former Marshall football great Michael Payton passes away

Huntington, WV Former Marshall quarterback Michael Payton, who led the Herd to the 1992 Division 1-AA national championship, has passed away at 48 years old after a bout with cancer.

Payton is a Marshall Hall of Famer and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. He was a Division 1-AA All American and the winner of the Walter Payton Award in 1992, symbolic of the best player in all of Division 1-AA.

Marshall's Athletics department released a 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.”