The recent dedication of a Gale Sayers statue in Omaha, Neb., offered a precious opportunity for friends and longtime acquaintances to extend emotional support for the Sayers family.
Sayers, who passed away Sept. 23, 2020, was an iconic Hall of Fame running back for the Chicago Bears who was further immortalized because of his relationship with teammate Brian Piccolo. They became the first known interracial roommates in professional sports. After Piccolo died of a rare form of cancer at the age of 26, the movie “Brian’s Song” brilliantly depicted their unique and deeply caring relationship.
Sayers, a first-round draft pick out of Kansas in 1965, has been honored with statues at his alma mater and now Omaha Central High School, where he starred as a prep football and track athlete.
“It was a long time waiting for this; it was bittersweet. But I enjoyed it; I appreciated it,” said Sayers’ widow, Ardie, following […]