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Gayle Sayers....

Doomster : 3/20/2017 11:01 pm
Suffering from dementia.....

One of the greatest runners I ever saw.....The Bears played the Giants in 1965, and I got to see both rookies, Tucker and Gayle, play against each other.....it was no contest....

Can only hope for the best for him, and his family....
A true icon.  
Boy Cord : 3/20/2017 11:12 pm : link
Sad news.
Prayers to the Sayers family...  
3r76jp : 3/20/2017 11:12 pm : link
I had witnessed this 1st hand with my dad, it's soul crushing to watch but patient and love can persevere thru these times
Special player and special man  
dune69 : 3/20/2017 11:56 pm : link
sad news. Loved watching Sayers more than any running back who ever played. Humble and classy man.
Read I am Third as a kid  
SomeFan : 3/21/2017 12:59 am : link
and liked it.
Read I am Third as a kid  
SomeFan : 3/21/2017 12:59 am : link
and liked it.
Read I am Third as a kid  
SomeFan : 3/21/2017 12:59 am : link
and liked it.
Read I am Third as a kid  
SomeFan : 3/21/2017 12:59 am : link
and liked it.
Read I am Third as a kid  
SomeFan : 3/21/2017 12:59 am : link
and liked it.
Read I am Third as a kid  
SomeFan : 3/21/2017 12:59 am : link
and liked it.
uh  
SomeFan : 3/21/2017 1:00 am : link
I only read it once though
Bears got Dick Butkus  
aquidneck : 3/21/2017 2:30 am : link
and Sayers in same 1965 draft (first pick in entire draft was Giants' Tucker Fredrickson). Bears finished 9-5 that year, the best either would have with the Bears.

Both Hall of Famers ended up more associated with losers than winners. Team only had one more winning season during their careers (1967 went 7-6-1) and didn't win again until both were out of football.

So sorry to hear about Sayers dementia.

My father in-law had this  
ZogZerg : 3/21/2017 6:40 am : link
it's terrible.
To me  
Elisthebest : 3/21/2017 8:03 am : link
It's Sayers, Brown and Sanders and then the rest. Without injuries I'm thinking he distances himself from everyone else.
I Am Third great book, pretty much took one chapter and turned it into a story that lives on forever
Thank God if you have not gone through  
turkey : 3/21/2017 8:38 am : link
the Big A. It tears you apart when you see a loved one
decline decline and decline, to the point where they don't know you and just have a blank stare.Still I would want her back that way rather than have lost her.
Alzheimer's and Dementia are different...  
Thatís Gold, Jerry : 3/21/2017 9:25 am : link
is this Alzheimer's or Dementia? I just lost my brother to Alzheimer's...had lost my Dad to same 30 years ago.

But my sister, who is a nurse, said there is a difference between the two diseases.
I wonder how many of us  
Frank in Silver Spring : 3/21/2017 9:26 am : link
Picture the face of Billy Dee Williams when we think of Mr. Sayers? And prayers to him and his family, of course.
Mom had a stroke in May last year  
bronxgiant : 3/21/2017 9:28 am : link
She remembered nothing at all for about four months. Doctors all told me it was dementia. The most difficult thing to understand. She would be talking with me and just get up and walk to the door looking her little children. Like I was not even there. Around the middle of December she started calling my name and would ask questions about some events. From then until now her memory have started to return. The most humbling thing!
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Big Blue '56 : 3/21/2017 9:30 am : link
Very sad indeed..I had the privilege of watching him live..Can't believe we passed on him(or Butkus) for freakin' Tucker Frederickson, who, had he stayed healthy, would have been a good player, but Sayers he was not..Not even close..

I saw Sayers during his rookie year at the Stadium and naturally he took a KO to the house..He and Jimmy Brown were the two best backs I've ever seen.
Holy crap!  
George : 3/21/2017 9:39 am : link
I woke up this morning thinking about Gayle Sayers - like, for the first time in my 54 year-old life!

Seriously.

Damn....

Of all the things I don't want to deal with as I grow older, Dementia/Alzheimers is #1 on the list.

Feeling really badly for the Sayers family.
Oh and it's  
Big Blue '56 : 3/21/2017 9:43 am : link
Gale..😎
Barry Sanders might've been quicker  
Osi Osi Osi OyOyOy : 3/21/2017 11:53 am : link
but Sayers was nearly as quick and had more breakaway speed. His combination of quickness and speed is just mind-blowing when you watch his old highlights. I think only Deion Sanders has come close to matching Sayers' speed/quickness combo.
both in college and in the pros, Sayers was a player who you watched  
Del Shofner : 3/21/2017 12:15 pm : link
the game to see even if it had nothing to do with the Giants or other teams you followed. He was a TD threat every time he touched the ball in whatever capacity. Probably my favorite non-Giants player of all time.

Sorry to hear about the dementia.
RE: Barry Sanders might've been quicker  
Big Blue '56 : 3/21/2017 12:18 pm : link
In comment 13401379 Osi Osi Osi OyOyOy said:
Quote:
but Sayers was nearly as quick and had more breakaway speed. His combination of quickness and speed is just mind-blowing when you watch his old highlights. I think only Deion Sanders has come close to matching Sayers' speed/quickness combo.


You know the overused expression, 'he can cut on a dime?' He literally could. Float on a dime might be more accurate
I recall in "I am Third"  
SomeFan : 3/21/2017 12:39 pm : link
Sayers mentioned that his family was so poor that they slept near the kitchen oven - turned on of course. In the mornings he would suffer from headaches due to the gas I guess leaking out but not burning. Likely no relation to his condition but I remembered that part of the book.
Wow...No Love for...  
mvftw : 3/21/2017 12:51 pm : link
Walter...my #1 by far...
Many years playing at a very high level means a lot...
I love football  
bigfish703 : 3/21/2017 2:01 pm : link
But it becomes harder & harder to watch these players, knowing how much damage they are sustaining.
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