Retired Chicago Bears legend Gale Sayers, left, and his wife, Ardie.

Sayers: My Life and Times


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Yes, Gale Sayers is a bit bitter. I hear this from people all the time that Gale is unapproachable. Gale is resentful. Don’t buy it. Sayers will never toss a lampshade on his head. Let’s merely say he’s very private – always has been.

Chicago Bears running back Gale Sayers (born 1943) was the youngest player ever to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Sayers earned the nickname of "Gallopin' Gale" for his exceptional ability to elude defensive attackers.

"Gale Sayers: Bio." Pro Football Hall of Fame. (November 29, 2002).

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  • "Chicago Bears—Hall of Fame: Gale Sayers," (December 14, 2000).

    The professional football career of Gale Sayers was brief, lasting for six seasons, from 1965 to 1971. He played a total of only 68 games, yet Sayers retired with a career gain of 6,213 yards and left six National Football League (NFL) records, among them a record as the all-time leading NFL scorer for a single season in 1965 with 22 touchdowns. That record, which stood for 10 years, remained an all-time rookie scoring record into the twenty-first century. Sayers was honored as NFL Rookie of the Year in 1965 and as Most Valuable Player in 1967, 1968, and 1970. In the wake of his 1972 retirement at age 29, Sayers was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame during his first year of eligibility in 1977. He was inducted as well into the Black Athlete's Hall of Fame, the College Football Hall of Fame, and Kansas Sports Hall of Fame. Additionally, Sayers was cited by the NFL as the greatest running back in the first 50 years of the league, and in 1996 he was named a member of the All-Time All Big 8 (College) Team.

    I’ve argued this for years. The six TD’s came against a 49ers club that knew by the second quarter it couldn’t stop Gale with a switch blade. Meanwhile, the 205 yards on the ground versus Green Bay wasn’t about a bedazzling Gale Sayers making people gasp over his cut back ability.