Saturday, June 20, 2009

KU great Sayers joins another Hall of Fame


— Former Kansas University football great Gale Sayers was inducted into the John McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame on Friday night. The ceremony took place at the athletics directors national convention.

KU athletic director Lew Perkins presented Sayers’ award on behalf of the John McLendon Foundation. The Hall of Fame recognizes the dedication of longtime minority athletics administrators in working toward the advancement of minorities in the field of athletics administration, while achieving the highest level of excellence in their own career.

McLendon, a KU graduate, was the first African-American man to study under James Naismith, inventor of the game of basketball and KU’s first basketball coach. McLendon went on to become an accomplished coach, leading Tennessee A&I; State University to three straight NAIA championships.

Sayers was a two-time All-America selection for Kansas in 1963 and 1964. He rushed for 2,675 yards and produced 3,917 all-purpose yards during his Jayhawk career.

Sayers then put up NFL Hall-of-Fame numbers with the Chicago Bears, who made him their number one pick in the 1965 NFL Draft.

In 1976 he was selected athletics director at Southern Illinois University, becoming the first African-American A.D. in Div. I.

In 1984 he left college athletics administration to launch a computer business. Sayers has built that business into a world-class provider of technology products and services.


100 11 years, 8 months ago

Those are two great Jayhawks -- McClendon & Sayers.

William Daniels 11 years, 8 months ago

I want to respect Gale Sayers. And I do for his football skills and his overall representation of our University. I know I shouldn't post this here, but I have too. As far as I can tell, Gale Sayers uses the minority contract laws in Chicago to an unfair advantage. There I said it. I have to compete with him and his Sayers40 Minority Owned Enterprise (MBE) in the Chicago market when selling servers, and workstations, and other IT equipment. But Chicago has a rule that registered MBEs get some sort of priority on sales to the city and any private company that does business with the city. I am sorry Mr. Sayers, but do you really think you need a leg up because you are a minority? And here is the business partner owns majority stake in my company, and he is a minority! We have been trying to get MBE designation for 4 years. We are trying to get MBE status despite not believing in it just to have a chance in certain markets in Chicago.

I am sorry everyone for posting this here. I could not pass up the opportunity at this microphone to vent my frustration.

100 11 years, 8 months ago

Note: Above poster is a Kentucky student.

Lance Hobson 11 years, 8 months ago

Congrats to Gayle Sayers, he's the greatest there ever was. And certainly a class act. Keep up the USO tours, they are much appreciated!

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