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, Nebraska, chose to attend the University of Kansas, where he became an All-American halfback before being selected by the Chicago Bears in the first round of the 1965 draft. He later became the youngest man ever inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, at age 34.
The story of Sayers's friendship with former Bears teammate Brian Piccolo, who died of cancer in 1970, was immortalized in the 1971 made-for-TV movie Brian's Song, starring James Caan as Piccolo and Billy Dee Williams as Sayers. The loss of Piccolo helped Sayers put his life in proper perspective. He later realized his serious knee injury was just a minor blip on the radar 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 one of the most compelling sports memoirs in recent years.
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Table of Contents
Foreword Dick Butkus 1
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
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