Gale Sayers

Gale Sayers was one of football's most explosive runners from 1965 to 1971. In a preview of things to come, the halfback scored touchdowns on long punt and kick returns and a pass play in his first preseason game. During the regular season, he scored a record-tying six touchdowns on a muddy field against the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000057" title="San Francisco 49ers" href="/topic/sports/football/san-francisco-49ers-ORSPT000057.topic">49ers</a>. From that rookie year, Sayers still has the team record for most touchdowns in a season with 22. He rushed for close to 5,000 yards and scored 336 points over a short career and was the NFL's all-time leader in kickoff returns at the time of his retirement. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1977.

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Gale Sayers was one of football's most explosive runners from 1965 to 1971. In a preview of things to come, the halfback scored touchdowns on long punt and kick returns and a pass play in his first preseason game. During the regular season, he scored a record-tying six touchdowns on a muddy field against the 49ers. From that rookie year, Sayers still has the team record for most touchdowns in a season with 22. He rushed for close to 5,000 yards and scored 336 points over a short career and was the NFL's all-time leader in kickoff returns at the time of his retirement. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1977.

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