Gale Sayers, legendary Chicago Bears star and Pro Football Hall of Famer, dead at 77


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Gale Sayers, one of football's biggest stars in the late-1960s whose friendship with a fellow Chicago Bears player inspired the TV movie "Brian's Song," died Wednesday at the age of 77, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced.

 

The cause of death was not immediately clear.

 

This is a developing story; check back for updates.

 

https://www.foxnews.com/sports/gale-sayers-legendary-chicago-bears-star-and-pro-football-hall-of-famer-dead-at-77

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2 hours ago, George P said:

I'm a Chicago native, big Bears fan.  RIP!  

Grew up few hrs west of Chicago.  Die hard Bears fan and always will be.  More info...
 

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"All those who love the game of football mourn the loss of one of the greatest to ever play this game with the passing of Chicago Bears legend Gale Sayers," his statement read. "He was the very essence of a team player -- quiet, unassuming and always ready to compliment a teammate for a key block. Gale was an extraordinary man who overcame a great deal of adversity during his NFL career and life.”

 

Sayers had a relatively short career but dominated in his seven seasons with the Bears, easily solidifying his place in NFL history.

 

Drafted in the first round of the 1965 draft, Sayers had an immediate impact on the field. He was named NFL Rookie of the Year after totaling 22 touchdowns and 132 points, both records at the time.

 

Sayers was named to four Pro Bowls, where he was named Offensive Player of the Game three times. He was selected First-team All-Pro five times and was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 1969 after tearing his ACL and MCL in his right knee.

 

He finished his career with 4,956 rushing yards, 39 touchdowns, and an average of five yards per carry.

 

Sayers became the youngest player ever inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977 at just 34 years old.

 

 

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45 minutes ago, techbeck said:

Grew up few hrs west of Chicago.  Die hard Bears fan and always will be.  More info...
 

 

Nice to find a fellow fan on here, 2-0!  Here's to hoping the season goes well.

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Just now, techbeck said:

Weak 2-0.....

Yeah, that's true.  Don't know how much of that is just the fact there was no real pre-season this year.   Guess only time will tell.

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On 23/09/2020 at 13:53, George P said:

Yeah, that's true.  Don't know how much of that is just the fact there was no real pre-season this year.   Guess only time will tell.

Shall see how they do today....

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39 minutes ago, techbeck said:

Shall see how they do today....

So far it's looking iffy I guess.   Close game though.

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