Gale Sayers
         by:
Hank Kriegler

Introduction

Gale Sayers really made an impact on football. He became the greatest halfback of all time. He was black and grew up in Omaha and grew up to be great. Many people thought he was very brave for rooming with a white man. He led the Bears to a championship and was chosen into the hall of fame. The loss of former roommate, teammate, and friend to cancer made it harder and made him work more.

Introduction

Gale Sayers really made an impact on football. He became the greatest halfback of all time. He was black and grew up in Omaha and grew up to be great. Many people thought he was very brave for rooming with a white man. He led the Bears to a championship and was chosen into the hall of fame. The loss of former roommate, teammate, and friend to cancer made it harder and made him work more.

What Was His Early Life Like?

Sayers was born in Wichita, Kansas May 30th 1943. A year later he moved to Omaha, Nebraska. He was the 2nd of 3 sons and his father was a mechanic. He grew up in Omaha and started playing football when he was 8. In high school he starred in track (long jump) and football (half back) for Omaha Central High School. Then when he graduated he had 75 scholarship offers but decided to return home and go to Kansas.

What Was His Adult Life Like?

Gale Sayers was drafted in the second round to the NFC Bears and the AFC Chiefs. Choosing to play for legendary George Halas of the Bears. Gale Sayers went on to play for the Bears for 7 years. Sayers ended his 6th season early due to ruptured ligaments. Then friend Brian Pikelo helped him push through a tough rehabilitation regiment then returned and retired after his last season from another tragic knee injury. After that, Sayers became the athletic director of Southern Illinois University and founded a computer supply company and made a lot of money.

What Were Some Of His Greatest Achievments?

Gale Sayers had many accomplishments. He won an All American award in high school and set an NCAA division 1 record. He then set 23 team records for the Bears and was named the NFL all time halfback. He was elected into the Kansas, pro, and black athletes hall of fames and set 7 NFL records. He was the youngest hall of famer and had the least playing time ever of any hall of famers. These great records made him very famous to all young football players and fans and why many admired him.

Conclusion

Gale Sayers was important for setting high school records in Nebraska and others for pro and college. Sayers was very important to the football community. He was a hard worker especially when his friend Brian Pikelo died, and he was brave for rooming with a white man.

Bibliography

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"Gale Sayers." Biography.com. A&E telivision networks, 2015. Web. 10 Mar. 2015. <http://www.biography.com/people/search/Gale%20Sayers>.

"Gale Sayers." Hall of fame.com. Pro football hall of fame, 2015. Web. 12 Mar. 2015. <http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.aspx?PlayerId=188>.

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