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NFL Legend Gale Sayers Passes Away

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Pro Football Hall of Famer and Kansas legend Gale Sayers passed away on Wednesday. He was 77.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a statement Wednesday, “The NFL family lost a true friend today with the passing of Gale Sayers. Gale was one of the finest men in NFL history and one of the game’s most exciting players. Gale was an electrifying and elusive runner who thrilled fans every time he touched the ball. We will also forever remember Gale for his inspiration and kindness.”

Gale Sayers was regarded as one of the greatest running backs to ever carry a football. Before he joined the league in 1965, Sayers was a superstar at the University of Kansas. He amassed a Big Eight Conference-record 4,020 all-purpose yards. He was nicknamed the “Kansas Comet” as he had established himself throughout his collegiate and professional career as one of the great running backs in the history of football. In 1977, Sayers, at the age of 34, became the youngest man ever inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Sayers’ autobiography ‘I Am Third‘ inspired the beloved 1971 movie ‘Brian’s Song‘. The movie portrays the friendship between Sayers, played by Billy Dee Williams, and teammate Brian Piccolo, portrayed by James Caan, as Piccolo succumbs to embryonal cell carcinoma at the age of 26.

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