Six Touchdowns in One Game
On this day in 1965, rookie running back Gale Sayers of the Chicago Bears scored six touchdowns during a single game against the San Francisco 49ers which tied the National Football League (NFL) record for most touchdowns in a single game.
Sayers was born in 1943 and was a two-time All-American at the University of Kansas at Lawrence. In 1965, he was drafted by the Bears in the NFL and the Kansas City Chiefs in the American Football League (AFL). Although the Chiefs offered him more money, Sayers chose to play for the Bears.
Due to serious knee injuries, Sayers retired in 1972. Sayers was the youngest player ever to be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame at the age of 34.
He was also well known for his very close friendship with Bears halfback Brian Piccolo. The movie Brian’s Song was based on the true friendship of Sayers and Piccolo and depicted the motivation Piccolo showed Sayers during his knee rehabilitation injuries and Sayer’s support for Piccolo during his bout with cancer that took his life.
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