Gale Sayers

All-American college football player, professional football player, running back, College Football Hall of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame
Sayers in 2008

Gale Eugene Sayers (born May 30, 1943), nicknamed the "Kansas Comet", is a former professional American football player. He earned fame both as a halfback and return specialist in the National Football League (NFL).

In a brief but highly productive NFL career, Sayers spent seven seasons with the Chicago Bears from 1965 to 1971, though multiple injuries effectively limited him to five seasons of play.[1]

Prior to joining the Bears, he played college football for the Kansas Jayhawks football team of the University of Kansas, where he compiled 4,020 all-purpose yards over three seasons and was twice recognized as a consensus All-American.

Sayers was born in Wichita, Kansas. He was raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He studied at the University of Kansas.

In 2012, Sayers was diagnosed with dementia after suffering multiple concussions during his football career.[2]


  1. "Bears' Gale Sayers Rookie Of The Year". The Brownsville Herald. United Press International. December 22, 1965. p. 13. Retrieved February 17, 2017 – via
  2. John Garcia (March 19, 2017). "FAMILY OF GALE SAYERS, FORMER BEARS PLAYER, TALKS ABOUT HIS DEMENTIA". ABC. Retrieved March 20, 2017.

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