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Saturday, January 24, 2009

KU great Sayers to be honored

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— Former Kansas University All-American and Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers has been chosen for induction into the John McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame.

The induction ceremony will take place in Orlando, Fla., June 19 in conjunction with the annual National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Convention.

Sayers was a two-time All-America running back at Kansas in 1963 and 1964. He finished third in the NCAA in rushing in 1962 and 1963, rushing for 1,125 yards as a sophomore in 1962 and 917 yards as a junior in 1963. When he left KU he was the school’s career rushing leader with 2,675 yards, a figure which currently ranks fifth all-time.

Comments

Hawkish4bigM 10 years, 5 months ago

Hail to the Kansas Comet. Would love to see some old Sayers clips on here. Glad he is still associated with KU.

wordsmaker 10 years, 5 months ago

There's never been a better open field runner than Gale. He was the best.

Lance Hobson 10 years, 5 months ago

Greatest ever, what a class act and well-deserved. I'll never forget the time he visited my base when I was deployed, I had no idea he was coming and he gave a great talk. He is a good American.

Kman_blue 10 years, 4 months ago

This is great, but it'd be nice if the person who wrote this would of done 1oz of homework and noted that John McLendon is also a KU graduate, born and raised in Hiawatha, KS. One of the all-time great basketball coaches, who learned directly from Dr. Naismith and Phog Allen while here at KU. Unfortunately, racism kept him from actually playing on the basketball team though. He, like Gayle, was a great American and an unbelievably humble nice guy who should make us all proud he was from KU too. In addition this is another well deserved great honor for the Comet!

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