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Encyclopedia > Gale Sayers
Gale Sayers
Sayers signing autographs for the crew.
Position(s):
Running Back
Jersey #(s):
40
Born: May 30, 1943 (1943-05-30) (age 64)
Flag of Kansas Wichita, Kansas
Career Information
Year(s): 1965-1971
NFL Draft: 1965 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
College: Kansas
Professional Teams
Career Stats
Rushing Yards     4,956
Average     5.0
Touchdowns     48
Stats at NFL.com
Career Highlights and Awards
Pro Football Hall of Fame
College Hall of Fame

Gale Eugene Sayers (b. May 30, 1943, Wichita, Kansas), also known as "The Kansas Comet", was a professional football player in the National Football League who spent his entire career with the Chicago Bears. He currently resides in Wakarusa, Indiana. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1488x2240, 322 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Gale Sayers Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to... A diagram showing typical football positions In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... In team sports, the squad number, jersey number, sweater number, or uniform number is the number worn on a players outfit. ... is the 150th day of the year (151st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Kansas. ... For other uses, see Wichita (disambiguation). ... In an organised sports league, a season is the portion of one year in which regulated games of the sport are in session. ... The 1965 NFL season was the 46th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1971 NFL season was the 52nd regular season of the National Football League. ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting[1]) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns, through seven rounds[2], selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... The 1965 National Football League Draft took place on November 28, 1964. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... The University of Kansas (often referred to as KU or just Kansas) is an institution of higher learning in Lawrence, Kansas. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue and Orange Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National Football... The 1965 NFL season was the 46th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1971 NFL season was the 52nd regular season of the National Football League. ... A touchdown is the primary method of scoring in American and Canadian football, in which the ball carrier causes the football to break the plane of the end zone, thus earning 6 points for his team (in both codes). ... From 1955 - 1996 The United Press International has given two annual Rookie of the Year Awards to NFL-NFC American football players and AFL-AFC american football players. ... Pro Bowl MVPs ... Pro Bowl MVPs ... Pro Bowl MVPs ... The NFL 1960s All-Decade Team is a list of all NFL players who have had outstanding performances throughout the 1960s and have been compiled in a fantasy group. ... In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ... The National Football League 75th Anniversary All-Time Team was chosen by a selection committee of media and league personnel in 1994. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue and Orange Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National Football... is the 150th day of the year (151st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Wichita (disambiguation). ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... NFL redirects here. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue and Orange Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National Football... Wakarusa from the air, looking east. ...

Contents

College career and rookie NFL season

Sayers, raised in Omaha, NE, graduated from Omaha Central High School and was a two-time All-American player at the University of Kansas. Sayers was drafted by the Chicago Bears of the NFL, as well as the AFL's Kansas City Chiefs, in fact being offered more money to play there, but he ultimately chose the Bears. He won NFL Rookie of the Year honors in 1965, and despite his injuries limiting him to just 55 games, is considered by some to be the best running back of all time. Sayers was coached by the legendary Billy Thortan. County Douglas County, Nebraska Area  - Total  - Water 1,290. ... Omaha Central High School, originally known as Omaha High School, is located at 124 North 20th Street in downtown Omaha, Nebraska. ... All-American, a Broadway musical with book by Mel Brooks, music by Charles Strouse, and lyrics by Lee Adams, opened in New York on March 19, 1962, and played 80 performances. ... The University of Kansas (often referred to as KU or just Kansas) is an institution of higher learning in Lawrence, Kansas. ... City Kansas City, Missouri Team colors Red, white and yellow Head Coach Herman Edwards Owner The Hunt Family (Clark Hunt, chairman)[1] General manager Carl Peterson Mascot K.C. Wolf (1989-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League... Since 1967 The Associated Press has given two annual Rookie of the Year Awards to NFL American football players: one for an offensive player and one for a defensive player. ...


First and second injuries

In his second season, despite being the focus of opposing defenses, Sayers led the league in rushing with 1231 yards.


In 1968, his season was ended prematurely in a game against the San Francisco 49ers when Sayers tore many ligaments in his right knee. He had surgery and rehabilitation, with the help of teammate Brian Piccolo. In the 1969 season he led the league in rushing once again, but he lacked the lightning speed he once had. City San Francisco, California Other nicknames Niners, The Red And Gold, Bay Bombers Team colors Cardinal red, metallic gold and black Head Coach Mike Nolan Owner Denise DeBartolo York and John York General manager Lal Heneghan Mascot Sourdough Sam League/Conference affiliations All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) Western Division... Louis Brian Piccolo (October 31, 1943 – June 16, 1970) was a professional football player for the Chicago Bears for four seasons. ...


In 1970, Sayers suffered a second knee injury, this time to his left knee. During his off time, he took classes at the University of New York to become a stockbroker and became the first black stockbroker in his company's history. After another rehabilitation period, he tried for a comeback, but was not successful. He was encouraged to retire because of his loss of speed. His final game was in the preseason; he was handed the ball three times and fumbled twice.


Sayers retired from football in 1971 and began a career as CEO of a computer company. In 1977, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and is still the youngest inductee in the Hall's history. In 1994, the Bears retired his number 40 at Soldier Field, along with the number 51 of his teammate, legendary linebacker Dick Butkus. In 1999, despite the brevity of his career, he was ranked #21 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the job of having the ultimate executive responsibility or authority within an organization or corporation. ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the hall of fame of the National Football League (NFL). ... Richard Marvin Butkus (born December 9, 1942) is a former American football player, widely regarded as the greatest linebacker of his generation and one of the best football players of all time. ... This article is about the year. ... The Sporting News (TSN) is an American-based sports newspaper. ...


Brian's Song

His friendship with teammate Brian Piccolo, and Piccolo's struggle with the lung cancer that would eventually result in his death, became the subject of the made-for-TV movie Brian's Song. The movie, in which Sayers was portrayed by Billy Dee Williams in the 1971 original, and by Mekhi Phifer in the 2001 remake, was adapted from Sayers' own telling of this story in his 1971 autobiography I Am Third. Louis Brian Piccolo (October 31, 1943 – June 16, 1970) was a professional football player for the Chicago Bears for four seasons. ... Lung cancer is a disease of uncontrolled cell growth in tissues of the lung. ... Dannys Song Two Scene 1, Dannys House* Dannys Mom (watching Dannys song):UMAHHHSHS Movie, WHERES MY JACK DANIELS Dannys Dad:Here it is Dannys Mom:Get outta here fanboy Me:Tell em steve dave Dannys Mom:Im gonna go see dannys o umaaaahhhhhhh... Billy Dee Williams (born April 6, 1937) is an American actor who for a period in the 1970s rivaled Sidney Poitier as the most popular black actor in American film. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... Mekhi Phifer (born December 29, 1974 or 1975[1]) is an American actor. ... Cover of the first English edition of 1793 of Benjamin Franklins autobiography. ...


A notable aspect of Sayers' friendship with Piccolo, a white man, and the first film's depiction of their friendship, was its effect on race relations. The first film was made in the wake of racial riots and charges of discrimination across the nation. Sayers and Piccolo were devoted friends and deeply respectful of and affectionate with each other. Piccolo helped Sayers through rehabilitation after injury, and Sayers was by Piccolo's side throughout his illness. Manifestations Slavery Racial profiling Lynching Hate speech Hate crime Genocide (examples) Ethnocide Ethnic cleansing Pogrom Race war Religious persecution Gay bashing Blood libel Paternalism Police brutality Movements Policies Discriminatory Race / Religion / Sex segregation Apartheid Redlining Internment Anti-discriminatory Emancipation Civil rights Desegregation Integration Equal opportunity Counter-discriminatory Affirmative action Racial...


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Gale Sayers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (645 words)
Gale Eugene Sayers (born May 30, 1943 in Wichita, Kansas), also known as "The Kansas Comet", was a professional football player in the National Football League who spent his entire career with the Chicago Bears.
Sayers, raised in Omaha, Nebraska, was an impressive 2-time All-American player at the University of Kansas and it showed in the NFL.
Sayers retired from football during the 1971 campaign, and began a career as CEO of a computer company.
ESPN Classic - Fame couldn't wait for Sayers (1278 words)
Sayers, a rookie halfback for the Bears, tied the NFL mark for most touchdowns in a game by scoring six against the San Francisco 49ers in a classic contest that has been featured many times in fuzzy, fl-and-white TV highlights.
Sayers was born on May 30, 1943 in Wichita, Kan. He grew up in Omaha, Neb., the son of a car polisher and mechanic.
Sayers was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFL and the Bears in the NFL (fourth overall pick, immediately after Chicago selected another All-American, linebacker Dick Butkus).
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