Sayers: My Life and Times

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Triumph Books, Oct 25, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 234 pages
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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, Nebraska, 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 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. Tragically, a knee injury in 1968 cut short his spectacular career, which included an NFL-record six-touchdown effort against the San Francisco 49ers. 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 screen when it came 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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User Review  - Doug Sullivan - Goodreads

Sayers was a fantastic athlete and his story, interwoven with the enduring legacy of the film "Brian's Song", is one of the most interesting of all the NFL legends. But this particular book is an ... Read full review

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User Review  - Charlie Deer - Goodreads

I thought this book was a great book if you like to know about stats on an amazing football player named Gale Sayers. Gale was born on May 30, 1943. And according to the book he was drafted to the ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword by Dick Butkus
1
Acknowledgments
7
The Game Plan
9
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Fred Mitchell has been a sportswriter and columnist with the "Chicago Tribune" for the past thirty years, covering major sporting events including the Super Bowl, World Series, National Basketball Association Finals, and Summer Olympics. Mitchell was his newspaper 's beat reporter covering the Chicago Cubs from 1983 to 1988.

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