Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers is suing the NFL and Rosemont-based helmet maker Riddell for allegedly failing to prevent repeated head injuries that he said led to brain damage. The former Chicago Bear claims he suffers headaches, occasional short-term memory loss and other cognitive deficits from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, according to a suit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Chicago. Sayers, who was on the Bears from 1965 to 1972, claims he suffered multiple documented and undocumented concussions during eight training camps, weekly practices and more than 75 regular season games. The suit claims Sayers played with
Comments: "documented and undocumented concussions"? Emphasis mine.
Poor baby. Him hurt him´s widdle head playing football, scrambled him´s widdle brains, and now it is somebody else´s fault? Why stop with a single helmet manufacturer and the NFL? He surely played football and bumped his head long before he got to the pros. Did he play in college? High school? Junior high school? almost certainly. How about Pop Warner league when he was just a little tyke? The history of Sayer´s brain case abuse goes waaaay back. So long as he is suing incidental entities for his own poor decisions, he could sue his parents for letting him play football as a little kid. It´s a stupid game that has caused untold neurological injury, and that is no well-kept secret.
Is there a lawsuit against EVERLAST for allowing the brains of the opponent to be mashed around in their skulls causing a knock out? Has TOTES umbrellas been sued because your feet get wet in the rain? All condom manufactures are hiding because their users cause pregnancies, pass STDs or cause individuals to become HIV ridden? Be real. Not head in the clouds. You bang you head or any body part many times for long periods of time, you WILL get damage. Sue yourself or just donate you money to a law school it will have a similar affect.
"occasional short-term memory loss and other cognitive deficits..." And I´m sure being 70 years old has nothing to do with that. What about all those others in his age group who suffer similar problems but never played pro football?
Maybe it´s just me, but if one chooses a profession that involves repeatedly running head first into people who are running head first into you, one might surmise that no helmet ever made could keep your brain from incurring damage.
Lawyers...Shakespeare had the dispositive solution.
Get on youtube and watch replays of the single most electrifying runner and kick returner in the history of the sport.
How does a guy go untouched by the sport´s best defensive players, time after time after time? Literally--UNTOUCHED!
How does a muddy field affect everybody else, but not the great Gale Sayers?
As a boy of 13, I experienced TOTAL SILENCE at Wrigley Field, as this "Nureyev" (my football-hating Mom´s description of this glorious athlete) had his knee torn up and was lifted off the field with tears running down his face.
He came back and led the NFL in rushing, but the man was not the same. His career was so so short, but so sweet.
Take my advice; watch some highlights of this jaw-dropping, once-in-a-lifetime talent.
Nobody else is in the conversation when the subject is the most watchable player in history.
Numbers do not enter into it. He was utterly unique.
Gale Sayers matriculated(I don´t say graduated)at my alma mater. I watched him virtually his whole career. He was a magnificent football player. But no disrespect is intended when I say that his brain was never an object of awe.
Somewhere I read that Sayers, who played a total of 71 games in the NFL, is certainly the only Hall of Fame member who had that short an amount of playing time, yet there is no doubt that he belongs in the Hall. He was poetry in motion. I´m sorry to hear of his head problems. But pro football and head injuries go together. When is some windy lawmaker going to recommend that the sport be outlawed like Colosseum gladiator sport?
In an exhibition game at Vanderbilt´s Dudley Field in late summer 1965, some 20,000 Nashvillians turned out to pay tribute to hometown hero Bill Wade, quarterback of the Chicago Bears. Mr. Wade (who later taught me in Sunday School for two years) had led his team to the NFL Championship in 1963, three years before Super Bowl I.
That day the Bears played the Rams, and Mr. Wade got rousing standing ovations. But no one would remember what Mr. Wade did that day. There was a rookie halfback from Kansas wearing jersey #40 of whom no one in Middle Tennessee had ever heard. He ran a punt back 90 yards for a touchdown and broke two other runs from scrimmage for 75+ yards for two more touchdowns. The Rams barely laid a finger on him all day. I have never seen anything like it before or since.
So I was there to witness the beginning of the legend. His roommate and pal Brian Piccolo called him "Magic," because that´s what he was.
How about all the players that used leather helmets and no facemasks?
As for Sayers, sure he was great, (the "Kansas Comet", etc.) but in my opinion, Walter Payton (RIP) was a better football player due to his other abilities beyond just running with the ball. And I say that a a life-long Packers fan.
My father and uncle played in those leather helmets, but only in high school and college. No one went to the pros. However, they were on the Lousiana College team who played the first international college football game in Mexico City against the University of Mexico. Nobody suffered brain damage.
Sayers was one of the all time greats. Class both on and off the field. He deserves to be heard. The asinine comments on this thread from those who are legends in their own minds or worse yet never put on a jock reveal more about the poster. You embarrass yourselves.
As a youngster in Chicago from an immigrant family with no football tradition, Gale Sayers and Dick Butkus converted me almost instantly into a football fan when they were drafted by the Bears in 1965. Each was mesmerizing in their respective positions on an otherwise lackluster team. That being said, it has struck me that Gale Sayers has spent most of his post-football life bitter and angry about having played before salaries became ridiculous and medical advances in knee surgery would have extended his career by several years. Tragic about his brief career, but sad that he couldn´t seem to let go of his inner devils.
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