Chicago Bears Legend Gale Sayers Dead at Age 77, Known By Many in Film ‘Brian’s Song’

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Drafted in the first round of the 1965 draft

ABOVE VIDEO: Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers comes in at number 22 on NFL Films’ “The Top 100: NFL’s Greatest Players” list produced in 2010.

(FOX NEWS) – Chicago Bears legend Gale Sayers, largely considered one of the greatest running backs of all time, died Wednesday at the age of 77, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced.

Hall of Fame President and CEO David Baker issued a statement confirming Sayers’ passing. He did not offer any details regarding the cause of death.

“All those who love the game of football mourn the loss of one of the greatest to ever play this game with the passing of Chicago Bears legend Gale Sayers,” his statement read. “He was the very essence of a team player — quiet, unassuming and always ready to compliment a teammate for a key block. Gale was an extraordinary man who overcame a great deal of adversity during his NFL career and life.”

Sayers had a relatively short career but dominated in his seven seasons with the Bears, easily solidifying his place in NFL history.

Drafted in the first round of the 1965 draft, Sayers had an immediate impact on the field. He was named NFL Rookie of the Year after totaling 22 touchdowns and 132 points, both records at the time.

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