Celebration of his life to be planned for my longtime friend
An imposing 8-foot statue of former Chicago Bears and Kansas icon Gale Sayers was unveiled on Oct. 3 during halftime of the Jayhawks game against Oklahoma State.
Sayers passed away at the age of 77 on Sept. 23, following a lengthy battle with dementia.
The unveiling of Sayers’ statue coincided with that of another former Kansas All-American, John Hadl. Sayers also had his Kansas No. 48 emblazoned on the 25-yard line of the field.
Sayers’ widow, Ardie, says she has been overwhelmed by the support she has received from fans and friends.
“I want to thank people for the cards, the prayers, the phone calls, the gifts, the flowers,” she said. “I am just going to wait and have the celebration of his life at a later time because of COVID-19.
“I have 364 texts and so many phone calls on my phone. […]