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Gale Sayers

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers

Profession: NFL Running Back

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Biography: Known as "The Kansas Comet", he was a running back for the Chicago Bears for seven seasons during the 1960s and early 1970s.

Born: May 30, 1943
Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: September 23, 2020 (aged 77)
Cause of Death: Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

Married Life

  • 1962-06-10 NFL Chicago Bears running back Gale Sayers (19) weds his high school sweetheart Linda McNeil
  • 1973-12-01 NFL running back Gale Sayers (30) weds second wife Ardythe Bullard

Historical Events

  • 1965-12-12 Chicago halfback Gale Sayers ties NFL record for most touchdowns in a game with 6 in 61–20 victory over San Francisco 49ers at Wrigley Field
  • 1967-01-22 17th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: East beats West, 20-10; MVPs: Gale Sayers, Chicago Bears, HB; Floyd Peters, Philadelphia Eagles, DT
  • 1968-01-21 18th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: West beats East, 38-20; MVPs: Gale Sayers, Chicago Bears, HB; Dave Robinson, Green Bay Packers, DT
  • 1970-01-18 20th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: West beats East, 16-13; MVPs: Gale Sayers, Chicago Bears, HB; George Andrie, Dallas Cowboys, DE
  • 1971-11-30 Emmy and Peabody Award-winning TV movie "Brian's Song", about the friendship of Chicago Bears football teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers (based on Sayers' autobiography) premieres on ABC, starring James Caan and Billie Dee Williams

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