Gale Sayers, one of the most electric NFL players of the 1960s, has died. He was 77 years old.
The Pro Football Hall of Famer was a brilliant running back and returner who spent only seven years in the league, all with the Chicago Bears, from 1965 to 1971.
Sayers is often cited as the predecessor to the modern-era running back who was more than just a bruiser between the tackles. His career 5.0-yards-per-carry rushing average was surpassed only by four true running backs ever — Jamaal Charles, Jim Brown, Mercury Morris and Marion Motley.
Sayers was named to the NFL’s 75th Anniversary Team in 1994 at halfback and kick returner, the only player named at two positions.
Sayers’ family earlier this year discussed his experience with dementia.
His brother, Roger Sayers, told the Kansas City Star in a phone interview that it’s “tough to build memories all your life, and the next thing you know, you don’t remember anything.”