N/S: Gale Sayers has passed away... (1 Viewer)

Swimmer

Medsamust Saint Fan
Joined
Apr 14, 2007
Messages
16,799
Reaction score
24,188
Age
67
Location
Slaughterhouse Five
Offline
Sayers, when young and healthy, was the best RB I ever saw. I wish his family the very best. What a sight to behold watching him in his prime!

So glad I am not aging - lol.
 

onanygivensunday

Pro-Bowler
Joined
Jun 19, 2014
Messages
1,519
Reaction score
1,271
Age
71
Location
Seattle
Offline
I also grew up a Bears fan having been born in the suburbs of Chicago. The Bears drafted both Sayers and Dick Butkus in the 1965 draft. I remember it well since I was 16 at the time... a lifetime ago. RIP, brother. You were one of the greatest to have played the game.
 

broccoli60

Pro-Bowler
Joined
Feb 11, 2010
Messages
885
Reaction score
1,315
Offline
Sayers, when young and healthy, was the best RB I ever saw. I wish his family the very best. What a sight to behold watching him in his prime!

So glad I am not aging - lol.
The definition of poetry in motion. Most elusive runner there was. Barry Sanders and even Reggie showed flashes but he was special.
 

IceHot

Subscribing Member
Joined
Mar 4, 2003
Messages
9,167
Reaction score
3,995
Age
52
Offline
Definitely one of the great ones, but he didnt get a lot of LoS carries due to his knees. Hopefully the NFL will get its head on straight and pay a proper pre-game or half-time tribute to him and Larry Wilson.
 

saintmdterps

If we give ya the boogie, can ya handle it?
VIP Subscribing Member
Gold VIP Contributor
Joined
Jan 15, 2007
Messages
16,070
Reaction score
16,912
Age
59
Location
Salisbury, Maryland
Offline
Damn, I'm sorry to hear this. Brian's Song is a great movie. The friendship between Sayers and Piccolo is genuine. "Sayers and Piccolo were devoted friends and deeply respectful of and affectionate with each other. Piccolo helped Sayers through rehabilitation after injury, and Sayers was by Piccolo's side throughout his illness until his death in June 1970"

Be well on your Journey, Gayle Sayers.
 

HoustonSaint68

Subscribing Member
Staff member
Super Moderator
VIP Subscribing Member
VIP Contributor
Platinum VIP Contributor
Joined
Oct 21, 2001
Messages
5,104
Reaction score
3,635
Offline
Ditto: best running back I've ever seen. If I was a GM and you guaranteed me health for any running back I chose, I'd take him over everyone in my lifetime: running back gods Jim Brown and Walter Payton included. I think he was that good.
 

RJ in Lafayette

Super Forum Fanatic
Gold VIP Contributor
Joined
Jan 27, 1999
Messages
9,988
Reaction score
7,808
Offline
Jim Brown--of all people--was asked whether Walter Payton (who was great) was the greatest running back of all time. Brown answered that he was not sure that Payton was the greatest Chicago Bear running back of all time because there was, well, Gale Sayers. In his first two seasons, Sayers was incredible. His career was fairly short because of knee injuries in an era when a serious knee injury could end a playing career.

When one factors in, as one must, production, Jim Brown was the greatest running back in NFL history. But in his prime years, before his injuries, Gale Sayers was the best and certainly the most electric running back I have ever seen.
 

JvilleJoe

Subscribing Member
Platinum VIP Contributor
Joined
Feb 19, 2000
Messages
9,815
Reaction score
3,252
Offline
For those on the board who are too young to have seen perhaps the greatest RB of all time in Gale Sayers, you really missed something special. I was not a Bears fan but always took the opportunity to watch him run. He was indeed special and but for injuries would hold many RB records even today. RIP to a class man who always carried himself with dignity and showed his love of the game every Sunday.
 

renegadewa

Super Forum Fanatic
VIP Contributor
Joined
Jul 7, 2011
Messages
8,489
Reaction score
11,668
Location
Baton Rouge
Offline
I remember watching football with my dad and even though I enjoyed the game very much there weren't very many truly exciting and electric players.

Then Gale Sayers came on the scene and all that changed. He wasn't the biggest and he wasn't the fastest but he had something that no one had up to that point.

I remember watching him on a long run once and he was being run down from behind by a defensive player and right before the guy attempted a tackle Sayers changed direction on a dime and left the defensive player grabbing air.

I asked my dad......................"how can he do that?" My dad said I don't know son................never saw anyone do that before.

Nothing but respect to you Mr. Sayers........RIP..............you were the best I've ever seen!!
 

Create an account or login to comment

You must be a member in order to leave a comment

Create account

Create an account on our community. It's easy!

Log in

Already have an account? Log in here.

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Users: 0, Guests: 1)



Headlines

Top Bottom