Six Touchdowns in One Game

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Gale Sayers (40) of the Chicago Bears grinds out short yardage against the Green Bay Packers at the Midwest Shrine exhibition game in Milwaukee, August 18, 1967. Sayers was brought down after gaining three yards by Packers' Bob Jeter (21). (AP Photo)

Six Touchdowns in One Game

Chicago Bears coach George Halas, right, shakes hands with halfback Gale Sayers of Kansas after he signed a Chicago Bears contract Dec. 1, 1965 in Chicago. Looking on is Sayers’ wife, Linda. (AP Photo/Paul Cannon)

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.

Gale Sayers, Chicago Bears’ sensational halfback, smiles happily after scoring six touchdowns against San Francisco 49ers as the Bears won, 61-20, in Chicago, Dec. 12, 1965. The remarkable Kansas rookie boosted his season touchdown total to 21, a new record in the NFL. Player at right is unidentified. (AP Photo/Paul Cannon)

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.

Brian Piccolo (41) slips away from the three Viking tacklers as Vikings’ Karl Kassulke (29) starts after Piccolo once again on Oct. 1, 1967 in Minneapolis in game against the Chicago Bears. (AP Photo)

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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