The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced on Wednesday morning that Gale Sayers has died. He was 77 years old.
“All those who love the game of football mourn the loss of one of the greatest to ever play this Game with the passing of Chicago Bears legend Gale Sayers,” Hall of Fame president David Baker said in a statement. “He was the very essence of a team player – quiet, unassuming and always ready to compliment a teammate for a key block."
In 68 games over seven years, Sayers put up 9,435 total yards, with 4,956 of those coming on the ground. From 1965 to 1971, the 'Kansas Comet' was a five-time all-pro and made four Pro Bowls. He was a first-ballot Hall of Famer, elected in 1977.
"Gale was an extraordinary man who overcame a great deal of adversity during his NFL career and life,” Baker added.