Gale Sayers facts for kids
Sayers in January 2008
May 30, 1943|
|Died:||September 23, 2020
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||198 lb (90 kg)|
|High school:||Omaha Central
|NFL Draft:||1965 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4|
|AFL draft:||1965 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
Gale Eugene Sayers (May 30, 1943 – September 23, 2020), nicknamed the "Kansas Comet", was an American football player. He earned fame both as a halfback and return specialist in the National Football League (NFL).
In a brief but highly productive NFL career, Sayers spent seven seasons with the Chicago Bears from 1965 to 1971, though multiple injuries effectively limited him to five seasons of play.
Prior to joining the Bears, he played college football for the Kansas Jayhawks football team of the University of Kansas, where he compiled 4,020 all-purpose yards over three seasons and was twice recognized as a consensus All-American.
His friendship with Bears teammate Brian Piccolo, who died of cancer in 1970, inspired Sayers to write his autobiography, I Am Third, which in turn was the basis for the 1971 made-for-TV movie Brian's Song.
Sayers was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977 at age 34, and remains the youngest person to have received the honor. He was named to the NFL's 75th Anniversary Team as a halfback and kick returner, the only player to occupy two positions on the team. For his achievements in college, Sayers was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame the same year.
His jersey number is retired by both the Bears and the University of Kansas.
Following his NFL career, Sayers began a career in sports administration and business, and served as the athletic director of Southern Illinois University from 1976 to 1981.
Sayers died from problems caused by dementia on September 23, 2020 in Wakarusa, Indiana at the age of 77.
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