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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Entrepreneur
Football Player

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
As You Prepare To Play, You Must Prepare To Quit.

Birthplace

Born:
5/30/1943
Birth Location:
Wichita, Kansas

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Entrepreneur
Football Player

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
As You Prepare To Play, You Must Prepare To Quit.

Birthplace

Born:
5/30/1943
Birth Location:
Wichita
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Biography

NFL Hall of Famer Gale Eugene Sayers was born on May 30, 1943, in Wichita, Kansas. Sayers grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and graduated from Omaha Central High School. As a running back at the University of Kansas, he was a two-time All-American player known as "The Kansas Comet." In 1963, he set an NCAA Division I record with a 99-yard run against Nebraska.

Sayers was drafted in 1965 by the Chicago Bears and remained with the team for his entire NFL career. He was the unanimous choice for NFL Rookie of the Year in 1965. He was named the MVP of the 1967, 1968 and 1970 Pro Bowl Games, and he was named to the 75th Anniversary All Time NFL Team. Sayers was inducted into the Black Sports Hall of Fame in 1975, the NFL Hall of Fame in 1977, and the Chicago Sports Hall of Fame in 1980. In July 2000, he was named to the NFL All-Time Millennium Team.

After completing his professional football career in 1971, Sayers returned to the University of Kansas to receive his B.A. degree in physical education while also working as the assistant athletic director. Sayers accepted the assignment as assistant director of the Williams Education Fund for three years and received his M.A. degree in educational administration. Sayers served as athletic director at Southern Illinois University from 1976 to 1981.

Sayers moved back to Chicago and launched a sports marketing and public relations firm, Sayers and Sayers Enterprises. He then started a computer supplies business in 1984 and built that business into a provider of technology products and services. In 1999, Sayers was inducted into another Hall of Fame - the Chicago Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Sayers spends a great deal of time supporting and fundraising for a variety of charitable organizations including the Better Boys Foundation, the Cradle Adoption Agency, the Gale Sayers Center, Grid Iron Greats, Junior Achievement, and Wesley House. The University of Kansas has established the Gale Sayers Microcomputer Center in recognition of Sayers’s commitment to both education and technology. Sayers has authored an instructional publication on the fundamentals of football's offensive strategies called Offensive Football. In addition, his 1971 autobiography, I Am Third, was produced into an award-winning television movie, Brian's Song, starring James Caan and Billy Dee Williams. In 2007, he released a new book, Gale Sayers, My Life and Times.

Sayers serves on the board of directors at American Century Mutual Funds, located in Kansas City, Missouri.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Gale Sayers remembers moving to Omaha, Nebraska
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Gale Sayers remembers his introduction to football
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Gale Sayers recalls his early football teammates
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Gale Sayers describes Omaha Central High School in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Gale Sayers remembers his early aspirations and mentors
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Gale Sayers recalls playing football at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Gale Sayers talks about college football players' training
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Gale Sayers remembers his community at the University of Kansas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Gale Sayers recalls being drafted into professional football
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Gale Sayers remembers playing for the Chicago Bears
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Gale Sayers remembers Coach George Halas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Gale Sayers talks about his teammates on the Chicago Bears
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Gale Sayers describes his accomplishments with the Chicago Bears
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Gale Sayers remembers playing in the Pro Bowl
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Gale Sayers describes his community in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Gale Sayers describes the impact of his knee injuries on his football career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Gale Sayers recalls his retirement from the National Football League
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Gale Sayers talks about his decision not to become a football coach
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Gale Sayers remembers Brian Piccolo
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Gale Sayers recalls the racial discrimination on the Chicago Bears team
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Gale Sayers talks about the football stadiums in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Gale Sayers talks about his friendship with Brian Piccolo
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Gale Sayers recalls winning the Comeback Player of the Year award
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Gale Sayers describes his retirement from professional football
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Gale Sayers recalls earning a master's degree at the University of Kansas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Gale Sayers talks about 'Brian's Song'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Gale Sayers describes his relationship with the Chicago Bears' fans
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Gale Sayers recalls his athletic directorship at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Gale Sayers describes his computer hardware supply company
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Gale Sayers describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Gale Sayers talks about today's professional athletes
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Gale Sayers reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Gale Sayers talks about his family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Gale Sayers describes how he would like to be remembered