No. 40 – Gale Sayers

by Ben Dieter

sayersThere have been some good athletes to wear the number 40 over the years and in all sports. Bill Laimbeer comes to mind in the NBA, Troy Percival was a good baseball closer once completing 42 saves in one season. But in my opinion, the best player to ever wear No. 40 was Gale Sayers.

Gale Sayers played in the NFL from 1965 until 1971, all with the Chicago Bears. Sayers was a four-time Pro Bowler (1965, 1966, 1967 and 1969) and was inducted into the pro football hall of fame in 1977. The Kansas Comet, as he was also know, was a HB, and he also did kick returns and punt returns for the Bears. He had 2 punt returns for touchdowns and 6 kickoff returns for scores. Sayers number has been retired by the Chicago Bears.

Unfortunatly, his career was cut short by injury, mainly to his knees, but he had a huge career in the time that he played. He had 22 total touchdowns in his rookie season, which is pretty amazing and the record for most touchdowns by a rooking in the NFL. Of course there is also a movie about him and his friend and teammate Brian Piccolo, “Brian’s Song”.

Gale Sayers may not have had the longest NFL career ever, but there is a reason he is in the Hall of Fame and his number is retired by the Bears. Gale Sayers, in my opinion, is the best athlete ever to wear the number 40.

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