NFL legend and Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers died at age 77 on Wednesday, Sept.23. While there was no cause provided, Sayers had been battling Dementia for over a year. The passing of this NFL great took many retired and current players by surprise.
David Baker, President of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, announced Sayers death saying, “All those who love the game of football mourn the loss of one of the greatest to ever play this game…”(nfl.com). Sayers was the youngest player to ever be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Nicknamed ‘The Kansas Comet,’ Sayers exploded onto the scene in 1965 for the Chicago Bears where he played for the rest of his career. While only having a seven-season career, Sayers led the league in rushing in the ’66 and ’69 seasons. Sayers was known for his electrifying and elegant running style.
After his short, but promising football career, Sayers had three books published: I am Third, Offensive Football, and Sayers: My Life and Times. Sayers’ most popular book, I am Third, was about his rise to stardom and his friendship with his lifelong friend Brian Piccolo.
The passing of the Hall of Famer will greatly impact his family, and the whole NFL, as Sayers was influential to many current and upcoming football players.