Chicago Bears legend Gale Sayers, widely believed to be one of the greatest running backs in NFL history, has passed away at the age of 77 after suffering from dementia.
The "Kansas Comet" was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977 at the age of 34--the youngest player ever to be inducted into the institution. His Hall of Fame status also came despite playing just seven seasons, all with the Bears, before knee injuries cut his career short in 1971.
"All those who love the game of football mourn the loss of one of the greatest to ever play this game with the passing of Chicago Bears legend Gale Sayers," Hall of Fame CEO David Baker said in a statement. "He was the very essence of a team player--quiet, unassuming and always ready to compliment a teammate for a key block. Gale was an extraordinary man who overcame a great deal of adversity during his NFL career and life."