Sayers: My Life and Times

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Sayers: My Life and Times by Gale Sayers, Fred Mitchell

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572439955
Publisher: Triumph Books
Publication date: 10/28/2007
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 324,382
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

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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