Sayers: My Life and Times
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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It was the next-to-last game of the season and my mentor and advisor, Buddy
Young, gave me a call at home the night before. "You got a shot at Rookie of the
Year," he said. "But they're pushing Bob Hayes and Tucker Fredrickson. You
There were so many young people; it was unbelievable. These kids know why
they are there and they know what they have to do. Since my playing days
concluded, this trip proved to be one of the most moving, eye-opening
experiences I ...
The camps would provide nutritious food in the camps, but many of the young
men would settle for the quickie snacks and bypass the fruit and vegetables. "At
that point I said to myself, 'Let me really start carving out a niche here and help ...
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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 ... Read full review
Foreword by Dick Butkus
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