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Bears to honor Gale Sayers on Sunday

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According to Larry Mayer, the team’s lead writer on their website, the Chicago Bears will honor Hall Of Fame running back Gale Sayers this Sunday in their game against the Green Bay Packers. Sayers died earlier this year on September 23 at the age of 77.

The Bears will stencil a circle on the field that features his retired jersey number (40) and his last name.

Sayers, a first-round pick of the Bears (4th overall) in the 1965 NFL Draft and a first-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs (5th overall) in the 1965 AFL Draft, was named First-Team All-Pro in each of his first five years in Chicago.

Before joining the Bears he was a two-time All American at the University of Kansas.

The “Kansas Comet” was the youngest player to ever be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame when he got the call at only 34-years old.

From the team’s website