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Four decades ago, Gale Sayers allowed his remarkable running ability on the football field to speak for him. Today, Sayers has a powerful and poignant message to pass along not only to athletes but to everyone, and it's a message straight from his heart. Sayers, who grew up in modest surroundings in Omaha, Neb., is the son of a car polisher and mechanic. After fielding 75 college scholarship offers, he selected Kansas, where he became an All-American halfback before being selected in the first round of the 1965 ...
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Four decades ago, Gale Sayers allowed his remarkable running ability on the football field to speak for him. Today, Sayers has a powerful and poignant message to pass along not only to athletes but to everyone, and it's a message straight from his heart. Sayers, who grew up in modest surroundings in Omaha, Neb., is the son of a car polisher and mechanic. After fielding 75 college scholarship offers, he selected Kansas, where he became an All-American halfback before being selected in the first round of the 1965 draft by the Bears. Later, he became the youngest man ever inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, at age 34. A knee injury in 1968 cut short his spectacular career, which included an NFL record 6-touchdown effort against the San Francisco 49ers. The story of Sayers' friendship with former Bears teammate Brian Piccolo was immortalized in the 1971 made-for-TV movie "Brian's Song," which starred James Caan as Piccolo and Billy Dee Williams as Sayers. The loss of Brian helped Sayers put his life in proper perspective. He later realized his serious knee injury was just a minor blip on the screen when it comes to life and death matters. Since leaving pro football, his enduring message to young athletes is to respect the game, give back to the community and prepare for the future. Those are words he has lived by his entire life, and they make Sayers: My Life and Times one of the most compelling sports memoirs to come along in recent years.
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Sayers, an NFL Hall of Famer, was a running back for the Chicago Bears in the 1960s, noted for having an elusive running style unlike anyone else's. He became an even greater pop culture figure because of the spectacularly successful 1971 TV movie Brian's Song, adapted from his autobiography (with Al Silverman), I Am Third. It depicted the moving relationship between the quiet African American Sayers and his ebullient Bears roommate, Brian Piccolo, who died of cancer. Sayers's second book, authored with Mitchell (Cubs: Where Have You Gone?), is, unfortunately, much less stimulating than his first. It is uneven and jumps around illogically from chapter to chapter. He focuses on how athletes need to "prepare to quit" during their careers so that they can live successful, fulfilling lives. It is an admirable message for which Sayers is a fine role model, but most readers would prefer more focus on Sayers's years with the Bears and his views of notable opponents and the NFL today. For Chicagoland libraries only.
—John Maxymuk

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617490361
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 130,568
  • File size: 259 KB

Meet the Author

Gale Sayers is a former professional football player in the National Football League who spent his entire career with the Chicago Bears. Sayers is a member of both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame. He is now a successful entrepreneur in the information technology field and an active philanthropist. Fred Mitchell is a sportswriter covering the Chicago Bears, Cubs, and Bulls for the Chicago Tribune. He is the author of the "Around Town" column in the Tribune's sports section and has written seven other books, including the nationally acclaimed Playing Through with Earl and Tiger Woods. He lives in Chicago. Dick Butkus is a former professional football player for the Chicago Bears. He was drafted in 1965 and is widely regarded as one of the most feared and intimidating linebackers of his time. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979.
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Table of Contents


Foreword   Dick Butkus     1
Acknowledgments     7
Introduction: The Game Plan     9
Sometimes Life Brings You to Your Knees     15
Papa Bear and Me     29
Remembering Brian     37
The Joy of Six     53
Testing My Resolve     67
My Favorite Running Backs     77
Preparing to Quit     87
So Much More than Football     105
Omaha's Finest     127
Those Elusive Championships     145
Land of Opportunity     151
Show Me the Money!     165
My All-Time Bears Team     187
Gale Eugene Sayers: The Essential Facts     221
Sources     227
Index     231
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2013

    Ayame's bio

    Female|Godly parent:Athena|Age:15|Looks:Black wavy hair,Dark green eyes,Pale skin|Wears:Always always wears black sweat pants,Black t shirt,black leather fingerless gloves,and all black tenni shoes with black shoe laces. Always black| Uses:A black steel/iron sword with silver edges and knives|Height:5'8"|Weight:124 lbs.|Status:Single|Crush:No one|History:Unknown|

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2013

    Jessica Payne

    Name: Really? Are you Mentally Stupid? Its Jessica Payne. Not related to the stupid guy in the boyband.
    <br>
    Age: 20
    <br>
    Gender: Really? Clearly i'm a girl.
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    Looks: Beautiful. Striking green eyes. Short, choppy red hair. Pale. Cute dimples. 5'9. Wears eyeliner and three coats of mascara.
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    Wears: Anything strapless to show off the dragon tattoo up her right arm and the tattoo across her back that says 'Lose The Battle, Win The War.' Ripped, tight, black skinny jeans. Skate shoes.
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    Piercings: A Nose Bud. Snakebites. Dimple Piercing.
    <br>
    Personality: Meet Me ;)
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    Crush: Attis Darknight.
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    Song: Angel With A Shotgun—The Cab.
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    Lyric: Tattoos and a Switchblade Attitude, A Snakebite Heart and a Bubblegum Smile. ^~^
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    Call Me Jess.
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    Anything Else, Ask.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2013

    Harmonie

    Favorite color; purple<br>
    Is: a tomboy <br>
    Hates: pink, any thing girly<br>
    Personality: weird, funny, fun,crazy, loving, daring, rude if u mess wth her, a good revenge person, and a bad enemy to have<br>
    Boyfriend: jason<br>
    Friends: bjorn, elise, blake, carrie, jordan, justice, kels, alex, ash, liam, bryan, maddy, S, abby, stormy, and lexi ((sorry i forgot u))<br>
    Sports: football ((boys)), baseball ((boys)), vollyball ((girls)), basketball ((boys and girls)), lacross ((boys)), track ((boys and girls)), swimming, tennis, and ect.<br>
    Hair: brown almost black<br>
    Eyes:brown<br>
    Height: 5'5<br>
    Mother: killed whn she was seven<br>
    Father: left her b4 birth
    Age: never ask<br>

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2013

    Nicko

    Son of Hades
    I'm 6'1
    I love all sports
    I'm a kinda sorta gothy type
    I have no gf
    I have a crush I put it on love res 6
    I'm tall and muscular I have long black hair that covers my face

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  • Anonymous

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    &starf Age • 15 years old<p>
    &star Height • 5 foot 3 inches<p>
    &starf Weight • about 100 pounds<p>
    &star Appearance • long, straight, blonde hair, brown eyes, tall, will only wear tank tops and pants, with combat boots, a pair of swords, making an 'X', are on her back<p>
    &starf Personality • strongwilled, strong, pretty intelligent, friendly, stubborn and determined<p>
    &star Hobbies • soccer, writing, destroying stuff with her swords<p>
    &starf Weapon of Choice • the pair of swords consistantly on her back, but she also carries a small dagger in her boots, just in case (all made of Celestial bronze)<p>
    &star Special Items • none<p>
    &starf Parents • mother~Nike, goddess of victory, father~why does it matter to you? And I really am curious why it does matter...<p>
    &star Activity • weekdays~usually on in the afternoons from 16:00-18:00 eastern, and again at night starting at 21:00 to whenever I feel like falling asleep. Weekends~vary, but I am always on at night, usually starting around 21:00 but may be as late as 22:30 getting on, during the day is iffy and just depends. *Note: if I am sick, then I usually will not be on at all.<p>
    &starf Other • I hate giving excuses, so I try not to have to give one if it can be prevented. Anything else, just talk to me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    Sissy

    Name~ Sierra Something Something Something. Call me Sissy. <br>Age~ Eh. You dun wanna know...<br>Gender~ Female.<br>Parents~ Hades and Athena, making all their other children my loyal siblings and making me the goddes of heartbreaks.<br>Looks~|Human| White blond hair, blue eyes specked with scarlet. Stocky, but thin. She wears all the way laced brown combat boots. Jeans and a jacket with a pointed hood. |Wolf| Snow white with green eyes. Missing an ear after her encounter with a certain Seth.<br>Personality~ She is easily annoyed, feirce in combat. She seems 2/3 crazy.<br>Other~ Ask...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    Attis and Xenia's Bio

    [Name]Attis DarkKnight [Age]21 [Gender]Male &male [Rank]Camp Leader [Looks]6'2 with raven black messy hair, with dark topaz eyes. He is lean and strong, has multiple scars some new some old. With a black eye patch over his left eye, his left eye is scarred to the point were he can't see out of it. [Weapon]A six foot silver spear. [Parent]Hades [Crush]Jessica Payne (@ naplo camp) &hearts &spades &hearts {Name}~Xenia Blue {Parents}~Poesidan(Father) and Aphrodite(Mother) {Boyfriend}~No {Crush}~No {Kid}~Xaviar(15) {Age}~Over 5000 years, looks 19 {Desc.}~5'7 with dark blonde almost brown hair thats wavy, almost always up in a pony tail. When let out it goes just past her shoulder blades. With almond shape ocean blue eyes, she has a tatoo of dolphin on her shoulder blade(right one). She also has on her left wrist in cursive a tatoo that says lovely. On her right wrist she had forever on it. {Weapon}~A white elm bow given to her by Athena, she also has a quiver that never emptys of arrows from Ares. And a silver dagger with pearl hilt given to her by her father. {Song}~Beautiful Disaster by Jon McLaughlin.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    Drew

    NAME/ Drew Jackson/
    BIRTHDAY/ September 22, 1994/
    LOOKS/Greenish hazel eyes, light brown shaggy hair, tan skin
    HEIGHT/ 6'6"/
    WEIGHT/ 205 lb. all muscle/
    OCCUPATIONS/ Boyfriend, friend, assassin, break dancer, skater, brother, Guardian of Scarlet Letter, Leader of Camp Half-Blood, Best swordsman, archer, and fighter ever. Genius and hero/
    FAV. DRINK/ Orange Monster Energy/
    FAV. SONG/ Royal/
    FAV. ARTIST/ Eminem/
    FAV. BAND/ PTV/
    FAV. COLOR/ Blueish green/
    FAV. PEOPLE/ Sylena, Bree, and Courtney/
    FAV. MOVIE/ 21 & Over/
    FAV. FOOD/ Oven Tacos/
    STATUS/ Taken ;) /
    GIRLFRIEND/ Sylena/
    PARENTS/ Zeus and Athena/
    OUTFIT(Assassin)/ White cowl, red cloak, white tunic, white pants, high brown boots, brown gauntlets concealing hidden blades, a white half robe down my right side, a red fabric belt, and two black straps holding my half robe/
    WEAPONS/ I guess you'll find out if you dare to challenge me. I'll spar whenever I can

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    Josh

    A medium-tan 16 year old<br>Gold, almost blonde brown hair short sticking up a bit in the front.<br>Stormy blue-grey eyes.<br>Semi-muscular.<br>He uses a scythian iron sword about 2 and 1/2 feet long.It has a strong electric current strong enough to jolt a person but is not fatal.<br>He has a scar from his sideburn to his lower cheek.<br> he is a son of nemesis. Anything i forgot just ask...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    Bears Rule

    Chicago is the best

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    Posted September 13, 2014

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