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RIP Gale Sayers   Non-Golf Folder (General)

Started Sep-23 by Hammer Dog (jaime59); 273 views.
Hammer Dog (jaime59)

One of the greats and a class act all his life.


“Football fans know well Gale’s many accomplishments on the field: a rare combination of speed and power as the game’s most electrifying runner, a dangerous kick returner, his comeback from a serious knee injury to lead the league in rushing, and becoming the youngest player inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. People who weren’t even football fans came to know Gale through the TV movie “Brian’s Song,” about his friendship with teammate Brian Piccolo. Fifty years later, the movie’s message that brotherhood and love needn’t be defined by skin color, still resonates. Coach Halas said it best, when presenting Gale for induction at the Hall of Fame: ‘His like will never be seen again.’ On behalf of the McCaskey family, we offer our sincerest condolences to Ardie and the entire Sayers family.” — Bears chairman George McCaskey.



From: Stoneded


RIP.  He left a lot of guys tackling air.

Remember the Brian Picccolo story? 


Brian's Song is a 1971 ABC Movie of the Week that recounts the details of the life of Brian Piccolo (played by James Caan), a Chicago Bears football player stricken with terminal cancer after turning pro in 1965, told through his friendship with Bears teammate Gale Sayers (Billy Dee Williams). Piccolo's and Sayers's sharply differing temperaments and racial backgrounds made them unlikely to become as close friends as they did, including becoming the first interracial roommates in the history of the National Football League, and the film chronicles the evolution of their friendship, ending with Piccolo's death in 1970.[2] The production was such a success on ABC that it was later shown in theaters by Columbia Pictures,[3] with a major premiere in Chicago; however, it was soon withdrawn for lack of business.[1] Critics have called the movie one of the finest telefilms ever made.[1][4] A 2005 readers poll taken by Entertainment Weekly ranked Brian's Song seventh in its list of the top "guy-cry" films ever made.

The movie is based on Sayers's account of his friendship with Piccolo and coping with Piccolo's illness in Sayers's 1970 autobiography, I Am Third.[5] The film was written by veteran screenwriter William Blinn,[6] whose script one Dallas television critic called "highly restrained, steering clear of any overt sentimentality [yet conveying] the genuine affection the two men felt so deeply for each other."[4]

Hammer Dog (jaime59)

I remember watching that on tv when it came out. Great movie.  Both Billy Dee and James Caan went on to movie stardom after that.


From: hookdeloft


I watched him play in a pre-season game at the Astrodome.  He was an extraordinary running back.


From: nwinjim


In the late 1980's, I was lucky enough to attend a seminar for work and Gayle was there as a guest.  Every attendee had an opportunity to receive an autographed photo of him, meet him, shake his hand, etc.  I also brought a football and received another autograph from him, which he graciously signed.

Class act all the way.  RIP.