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Old 03-20-2017, 03:51 PM
 
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Set aside the numbers. To fully appreciate his greatness, you had to have seen him.


NFL legend Gale Sayers battling dementia | NFL | Sporting News
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Old 03-20-2017, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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He was awesome to watch, a great RB. Living in Illinois, following the Bears and Packers, got to see him on TV, never in person though. He only played for one team, these days that is becoming less and less normal, and he did have a shortened career, compared to other players.
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Old 03-20-2017, 04:50 PM
 
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He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame at the age of 34.
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Old 03-20-2017, 07:55 PM
 
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Greatness!

Here are his stats from his rookie season---

Rushed for 867 yards and scored 14 touchdowns.
Caught 29 passes for 507 yards and scored 6 touchdowns.
Returned 16 punts for 238 yards and scored 1 touchdown.
Returned 21 kickoffs for 660 yards and scored 1 touchdown.

And passed for one touchdown on a halfback option.

To score 22 touchdowns as a rookie--in a 14 game season? Unreal.

His ability to stop and cut had not been seen in the NFL before, save for the Chicago Cardinals Ollie Matson. And with the exception of the Bears Center Mike Pyle and Stan Jones (for only Sayers rookie season), he ran behind an average offensive line.

Gail Sayers had a nickname that fit him like a glove-"The Kansas Comet."
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Old 03-21-2017, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Redneckville, NJ
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I'm very sad to hear this. Such a great talent. If anyone hasn't seen the movie Brian's Song, they definitely should.
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Old 03-23-2017, 03:37 PM
 
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A shame, but these kinds of issues are all too common among football players. The list of such players is long: Mike Webster, Gene Hickerson, Mick Tingelhoff, Dave Duerson, Lou Creekmur, Mark Gastineau, John Mackey, Ken Stabler, Ollie Matson, Junior Seau, Joe Perry, Jim Ringo, Forrest Blue, Larry Morris -- the list goes on and on. Depressing stuff.

Gale Sayers was really special. Knee injuries ended his career far too soon, but he was amazing when healthy, among the best. Great running back and great kick returner.
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Old 03-23-2017, 05:14 PM
 
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Until Sayers came along, the noted NFL backs with speed in the 1950's and 1960's that almost compared to Sayers were Joe 'The Jet" Perry of the 49ers and Lenny Moore of the Colts. Maybe Ollie Matson of the Chicago Cardinals as well. Sayers came along in the league nearly a decade after Lenny made his debut in 1956.

One of Gale's favorite sayings was "Give me 18 inches of daylight, that's all I need." And that was the truth! He didn't say that to be cocky, in fact he was a pretty shy person to talk to. He sure as hell wasn't timid on the football field though.

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