American football player Gale Sayers was born on May 30, 1943, in Wichita, Kansas. Due to knee injuries, he played for just seven seasons and retired before the 1972 NFL season. In 1977, he was the youngest player to be inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Gale Eugene Sayers was born on May 30, 1943, in Wichita, Kansas. Bernice starred at both football and track and field for Omaha Central High School, establishing a state record along with his mark of 24′ 11 3/4″ in the long jump. Sayers went to play football in the University of Kansas, twice earning All-America honours for his stunning skills as a halfback and kick returner. Sayers set an NCAA Division I record using a 99-yard run against Nebraska as a junior, as well as the subsequent year his 96-yard kickoff return keyed an upset victory over Oklahoma.
Drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League as well as the Chicago Bears of the National Football League, Sayers turned down a more significant contact offer in the Chiefs to join the more recognized NFL. Playing for renowned Bears coach George Halas, Sayers’s NFL impact was instant and electrifying. Ending using a record 22 touchdowns, he was named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year. The “Kansas Comet” loved possibly his finest all around season in 1966, establishing career highs with 1,231 rushing yards and 2,440 all-purpose yards.
Sayers pushed via an arduous rehabilitation regimen to go back in time for the 1969 season. Sayers won his second rushing title despite lacking his preceding explosiveness, and was named the receiver of the NFL’s most brave player award. Nevertheless, injuries to his left knee limited him to only two matches in both 1970 and 1971. After trying a final comeback, Sayers retired prior to the 1972 season. In 1977, the 34-year old became the youngest man to be inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Sayers also took over assistant director responsibilities for the athletic department’s Williams Instruction Fund, staying in the institution long enough to earn a master’s degree in Educational Administration.
After serving as athletic director of Southern Illinois University from 1976 81, Sayers founded a computer supply business that expanded into a technology consulting and implementation business. The prior football excellent became an active supporter of such organizations as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Boy Scouts of America as well as the American Cancer Society. He also formed the Gale Sayers Foundation in 2007, together with the goal of providing educational chances for underprivileged pupils.