That devotion and upbringing has made Savan a responsible, worldly and mature 13-year-old, she said.
Hall of Famer Gale Sayers, who made his mark as one of the NFL’s best all-purpose running backs and was later celebrated for his enduring friendship with a Chicago Bears teammate with cancer, has died. He was 77.
Nicknamed “The Kansas Comet,” Sayers’ shy and reserved nature belied the stylistic and commanding way he played football. Unbeknownst to many, Sayers was also a business owner in the East Bay after his storied NFL career.
Sayers died Tuesday at his home in Wakarusa, Ind., a family member told The New York Times on Wednesday. Relatives of Sayers had said he was diagnosed with dementia. In March 2017, his wife, Ardythe, said she partly blamed his football career.
Sayers was a blur to NFL defenses, ghosting would-be tacklers or zooming by them like few running backs or kick returners before or since. Yet it was his rock-steady friendship with Brian Piccolo, depicted