Gale Sayers was an consensus All-American at Kansas and a 1st round draft pick by the Bears and also the Chiefs of the NFL. Named the 1965 Rookie of the Year after a phenomenal season. He set an NFL record for scoring with a total of 22 touchdowns that stood till 1975. Stayed with the Bears until knee injuries forced him into retirement after the 1971 season. His 56 total touchdowns scored still ranks #5 on the Bears All-Time Scoring list. 4 times a 1st-team Pro Bowler a and 5 times All Pro. After a season ending knees injury in 1968 he returned the following season to claim the league rushing title and thus earning him the 1969 Comeback Player of the Year honor. Named to the NFL 1960s All-Decade Team, 75th Anniversary team (as a running back and a kick returner) and 100th Anniversary team he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977.



Image Gallery of Gale Sayers, Halfback, Chicago Bears 1965-1971



Career Rushing and Receiving Statistics

Year Age Games Rush Yards TD Long Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng Touches Y/Tch YScm Fmb
1965*+ 22 14 166 867 14 61 5.2 61.9 11.9 29 507 17.5 6 80 195 7.0 1374 9
1966*+ 23 14 229 1231♦ 8 58 5.4 87.9♦ 16.4 34 447 13.1 2 80 263 6.4 1678♦ 2
1967*+ 24 13 186 880 7 70 4.7 67.7 14.3 16 126 7.9 1 32 202 5.0 1006 8♦
1968+ 25 9 138 856 2 63 6.2♦ 95.1♦ 15.3 15 117 7.8 0 21 153 6.4♦ 973 7
1969*+ 26 14 236♦ 1032♦ 8 28 4.4 73.7♦ 16.9 17 116 6.8 0 25 253 4.5 1148 7
1970 27 2 23 52 0 15 2.3 26.0 11.5 1 -6 -6.0 0 -6 24 1.9 46 1
1971 28 2 13 38 0 9 2.9 19.0 6.5 13 2.9 38 0
Career 68 991 4956 39 70 5.0 72.9 14.6 112 1307 11.7 9 80 1103 5.7 6263 34

Career Kick & Punt Returns Statistics

Year Age No. G Punt Returns Punt Return Yards Punt Return TD Long Punt Return Y/PR Kick Returns Kick Return Yards Kick Return TD Long Kick Return Y/KRt APYd
1965*+ 22 40 14 16 238 1 85♦ 14.9 21 660 1♦ 96 31.4♦ 2272♦
1966*+ 23 40 14 6 44 0 27 7.3 23 718 2♦ 93 31.2♦ 2440♦
1967*+ 24 40 13 3 80 1♦ 58 26.7 16 603 3 103 37.7 1689♦
1968+ 25 40 9 2 29 0 18 14.5 17 461 0 48 27.1 1463
1969*+ 26 40 14 14 339 0 52 24.2 1487
Care 68 27 391 2 85 14.5 91 2781 6 103 30.6 9435
  • + – All-Pro Selection
  • * – Pro Bowl Selection
  • ♦ – Led the League

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