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Former KU and Chicago Bears great Gale Sayers is battling dementia
Kansas City Star ^ | MARCH 18, 2017 | Vahe Gregorian

Posted on 03/20/2017 3:47:04 PM PDT by GreyFriar

WAKARUSA, IND. More than 50 years after Gale Sayers, the “Kansas Comet,” inspired awe as a Jayhawk, he was honored in January in Topeka by the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas as one of its Kansans of the Year.

At a table near the front, Sayers was seated next to his wife, Ardythe, as a mesmerizing KU-produced tribute played.

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But Ardie Sayers has come to believe its onset was years before that — possibly even as far back as when he returned to Kansas in a fund-raising capacity for a time in 2009.

While she considers Sayers, 73, physically healthy “as a horse” and notes he is working out with a trainer several days a week, she added, “That brain controls everything, doesn’t it?”

(Excerpt) Read more at kansascity.com ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Local News; Sports
KEYWORDS: bears; dementia; football; sayers
A good story of Chicago Bears Gayle Sayers, now in his twilight years.
1 posted on 03/20/2017 3:47:04 PM PDT by GreyFriar
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To: GreyFriar

Dwight Clark announced he has ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) today too. Who’s gonna be the 3rd?


2 posted on 03/20/2017 3:48:37 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Man-made global liberalism is killing the planet)
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To: GreyFriar

He and Barry sanders are the best running backs I ever watched.


3 posted on 03/20/2017 3:49:46 PM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: GreyFriar

Sayers was the most exciting running back in the history of the NFL.


4 posted on 03/20/2017 3:49:57 PM PDT by jobim
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To: GreyFriar

Now I’ve got the “Brian’s Song” theme playing in my ears.


5 posted on 03/20/2017 3:52:24 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: GreyFriar

IIRC Tony Dorsett is battling the same thing.

More and more I’m thinking football just isn’t worth it. I think a lot of parents are coming to that same conclusion with their kids.

Even Bo Jackson said, he’d never allow his kids to play football.


6 posted on 03/20/2017 3:54:47 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: GreyFriar

I acknowledge that football probably played a part in the brain problems that many players are suffering. I am curious about the millions of others who get Alzheimer’s, sometimes much younger and never having played football. I would also be interested in seeing the stats on elder football players who don’t have cognitive problems. Just want some perspective on this issue.


7 posted on 03/20/2017 4:04:46 PM PDT by originalbuckeye ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: originalbuckeye

Agreed.


8 posted on 03/20/2017 4:05:22 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: originalbuckeye

Something also that occurs to me is that athletes tend to have much different dietary habits than non-athletes, I’ve often wondered if that plays a role as well.


9 posted on 03/20/2017 4:07:15 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: GreyFriar

Sad news. Sayers was the most exciting running back I ever saw. And he made those amazing cuts on grass - not turf. As great as Barry Sanders was, he did much more damage on turf than on grass...


10 posted on 03/20/2017 4:09:55 PM PDT by karnage
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To: karnage
And he made those amazing cuts on grass

It sure took a toll on his knees, though.
11 posted on 03/20/2017 4:11:27 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: originalbuckeye

Yes. What are the stats when compared to the population at large, the racial peer group, that generation, diet, heredity...lots of variables.


12 posted on 03/20/2017 4:26:38 PM PDT by Eagles6 (My weapons are lubricated by liberal tears.)
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To: GreyFriar

Greatest running back I ever saw. And more importantly, his autobiography, “I am Third,” one of the most moving testimonials of faith I have ever read. One of my heroes.


13 posted on 03/20/2017 4:35:13 PM PDT by Remole
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To: Eagles6

Agree. I need two new knees in the near future. I was (for decades) an avid downhill skier and runner, so it’s not surprising. BUT I would have still skied and run, knowing that in my 60’s I might need new knees. I might feel differently if it was my brain that was affected by my activities, but more stats on the general population would be interesting at the very least.


14 posted on 03/20/2017 4:37:25 PM PDT by originalbuckeye ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: AlmaKing
He and Barry sanders are the best running backs I ever watched

I agree with that.

The Bears were so lucky to have Sayers then followed by Walter Payton as well. There is more talent in that trio than all the active RB's today.

15 posted on 03/20/2017 4:38:39 PM PDT by llevrok (A group of baboons is called a "congress." Just sayin' .....)
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To: GreyFriar

Prayers for you Mr Sayers, and for your family as well.


16 posted on 03/20/2017 4:44:28 PM PDT by theDentist ( qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: GreyFriar
This highlight film is 4 minutes long and as an NFL Films production the quality is good:

Gale Sayers - NFL Films - NFL’s Greatest Players

If you can't get enough, this film is 10 minutes long:

Gale Sayers

17 posted on 03/20/2017 4:46:05 PM PDT by concentric circles
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To: originalbuckeye

Yeah. Had a new hip 8 yes ago. Pretty much everybody on Mom’s side of the family get new ones in their 50s.


18 posted on 03/20/2017 4:49:14 PM PDT by Eagles6 (My weapons are lubricated by liberal tears.)
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To: GreyFriar

Sorry to hear about this. All too often this is happening merely because we are living longer, He had the added burden of getting whacked in the head a bazillion times.

From time to time I re-visit videos of Sayers’ runs.
My son thought Barry Sanders was the Bees Knees(and he was) until he saw videos of Sayers.

Sayers played 68 games in the NFL.
Unanimous first ballot selection to the HOF when first eligible. (His HOF career was really based on the 65-69 years)

He rushed for a thousand yards or more only twice.
Both times he led the league in rushing.

The 2nd time was in 69 after his knee surgery in 68. His longest run was only 28 yards.
Calvin Hill has the rushing title locked up, gets hurt, sits out two games, then plays the last 2 with a broken toe - couldn’t catch Gale and Sayers wins the rushing title.

Best I’ve ever seen, a huge life after football plus just a class act.


19 posted on 03/20/2017 4:50:26 PM PDT by stylin19a (Terrorists - "just because you don't see them doesn't mean they aren't there")
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To: dfwgator

me too


20 posted on 03/20/2017 5:04:45 PM PDT by RebelTXRose (Our Lady of Fatima, Pray for us! PRAY THE ROSARY!)
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To: AlmaKing
"He and Barry sanders are the best running backs I ever watched."

I'd would have to be Jim Brown and Gale Sayers for me.

21 posted on 03/20/2017 5:20:56 PM PDT by Waryone (2 Chronicles 7:14; praise God for His great mercy!)
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To: GreyFriar

May God ease the pains and trials of Gayle Sayres as he comes closer to his maker. A legendary player and man, soon to leave us yet remain among us. The tragedy of dementia.


22 posted on 03/20/2017 5:34:07 PM PDT by Thumper1960 (Trump-2016)
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To: GreyFriar
Sayers was before my time, but I remember reading his book when I was a kid. Best wishes to him in his fight with this disease. Aging is the real disease that must and will eventually be treated - until then, we're fighting the effects instead of the cause.

And best wishes to Dwight Clark, who gave 49ers fans one of the best memories of our lives as he soared into the darkening skies above the Candlestick mud to pull down Joe Montana's pass in the back of the endzone and sent the 49ers to their first Super Bowl. The beginning of some great years for 49ers fans.
23 posted on 03/20/2017 6:03:56 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: AlmaKing

I thought Gale Sayers was the best I’ve ever seen. Sanders was good too. As were Brown, Campbell, and hate to say it, Simpson.


24 posted on 03/20/2017 6:11:59 PM PDT by deweyfrank (Nobody's Perfect)
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To: AlmaKing
Sayers, Sanders, Dickerson, Payton, Brown, Campbell, Smith, Faulk, Peterson, Jackson, Allen, Simpson, Dorsett, Jim Thorpe...( Who I'm related to...)

I never watched Jim Thorpe..but read about him...

I did watch all the others.....

25 posted on 03/20/2017 6:21:41 PM PDT by Osage Orange (We can all live together as brothers or perish together as fools)
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To: dfwgator

“never allow his kids to play football”

My childhood playmate was All State, his Junior Year of H.S.
Was recruited by a number of big name Universities. Injured his knee first game, the next season, couldn’t even make a walk on spot at the local Community College, two years later.

We are in our 50’s now. I moved away decades ago, but they tell me his nickname is “Step and a half”.


26 posted on 03/20/2017 6:33:50 PM PDT by jttpwalsh
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To: GreyFriar

Prayers for Mr. Sayers.


27 posted on 03/20/2017 6:41:57 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Je Suis Pepe)
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To: dfwgator

Thank you, now so do I. :-P


28 posted on 03/20/2017 6:42:22 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Je Suis Pepe)
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To: Osage Orange

I saw Earl Campbell when WVU played Texas last fall in Austin. He was siting in an SUV and then got out slowly and took slow purposeful steps. The beating he took over those years was there.


29 posted on 03/20/2017 6:50:07 PM PDT by phormer phrog phlyer
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To: GreyFriar

I cried like a baby when “Brian’s Song” debuted.

And to this day, whenever it comes on, I still do.

That theme song...


30 posted on 03/20/2017 6:55:08 PM PDT by Bratch ("The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke)
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To: Bratch

I always said that “The Man Law” allows men to cry for two movies: Old Yeller and Brian’s Song.


31 posted on 03/20/2017 6:57:10 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: stylin19a

Only 68 games in the NFL?? About the equivalent 5 full seasons, excluding injury time? They played a 14 game regular season schedule back then.

I didn’t realize his career was so short.


32 posted on 03/20/2017 7:51:58 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: dfwgator
I always said that “The Man Law” allows men to cry for two movies: Old Yeller and Brian’s Song.

Don't forget HAL :-)

33 posted on 03/20/2017 8:37:14 PM PDT by dr_lew (I)
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To: GreyFriar
This is really sad to hear. Mr. Sayers was NOT a "dumb jock." He became extremely successful in technology... I've done some business with his company over the years, never had a bad experience.

Mark

34 posted on 03/20/2017 10:32:20 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: dfwgator; Bratch
I was about to post the exact same thing... That you don't lose your MMC (Male Membership Card) if you cry during Brian's Song or Ol Yeller!

Mark

35 posted on 03/20/2017 10:40:02 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: MarkL

“Old Yeller” is a good analysis tool.

Any man that doesn’t cry at the end is probably a potential psychopath.


36 posted on 03/20/2017 11:30:52 PM PDT by Bratch ("The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke)
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To: dfwgator

I think it was Kermit Alexander’s helmet that really took the toll on his knees. He came back from one brutal helmet-to-knee collision, but the second one (two years after the first) finished him. Today - with modern surgery techniques - it might have been a different story...


37 posted on 03/21/2017 8:17:11 AM PDT by karnage
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