"Kansas comet" and NFL legend Gale Sayers has tragically died age seventy-seven.
Keep scrolling for more on his incredible life...
The Pro Football Hall of Fame gave the announcement earlier today...
He was seventy-seven years old.
But he is still one of the top running backs in history.
And let's not forget, he made the All-Pro team 5 times!
My heart is broken over the loss of my dear friend, Gale Sayers. Portraying Gale in Brian’s Song was a true honor a… https://t.co/7ZnLbM4Mro— Billy Dee Williams (@Billy Dee Williams)1600871422.0
In 1977, he was selected into the Hall of Fame.
via: TwitterAnd is still the youngest person, at thirty-four, to ever be inducted.
HOF President and CEO David Baker was shocked by the news...
via: TwitterHe said, "The entire Pro Football Hall of Fame family mourns the passing of Gale."
"Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Ardie, and their entire family. We will forever keep his legacy alive to serve as inspiration for future generations. The Hall of Fame flag will fly at half-staff until he is laid to rest."
From @ProFootballHOF’s David Baker on the death of former #Bears legend Gale Sayers. RIP to the Kansas Comet. https://t.co/MqPcifXjUl— Mike Garafolo (@Mike Garafolo)1600865880.0
People have been posting tributes to the Legend...
With many reminiscing about his incredible life.
Rest in peace, Gale Sayers. https://t.co/l1IYV2T2c5— The Players' Tribune (@The Players' Tribune)1600875000.0
Even Ashton Kutcher shared his experience meeting the star...
And his motivating advice.
I asked Gale Sayers for the best advise he ever received. From his HS football coach: “when it’s you vs 1 person yo… https://t.co/FgXMFIZgUD— ashton kutcher (@ashton kutcher)1600872554.0
Tributes came in from all over the world.
RIP to Gale Sayers. One of the most dynamic and electric players in NFL history. An All-Pro in each of his first fi… https://t.co/pkwdeFJTrA— Field Yates (@Field Yates)1600866459.0
Gale Sayers has passed away at the age of 77. RIP Kansas Comet. 🙏🏽 #Bears https://t.co/4L1Bx5PjzV— Jarrett Payton (@Jarrett Payton)1600866834.0
Thanks for the memories. Rest In Peace Gale Sayers. https://t.co/CbeDXV6VZX— O.J. Simpson (@O.J. Simpson)1600872075.0
@TMZ @CommanderChuck1 Rest In Peace he was a great athlete.— Cajun Rogue🌊🌊🌊⚜️⚜️⚜️#ElectWomen (@Cajun Rogue🌊🌊🌊⚜️⚜️⚜️#ElectWomen)1600868214.0
Gale Sayers' light never was intended to burn long. It was intended to burn brightest, and it did. Rest In Peace… https://t.co/nrvJXuYB8H— Dan Pompei (@Dan Pompei)1600866368.0
Gale became ill several years ago...
He deteriorated so much that he struggled to even move or speak in his final years.
A statement from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on the passing of legendary RB Gale Sayers https://t.co/BvHpYwpL1l— Ian Rapoport (@Ian Rapoport)1600869850.0
Although amazingly, he did manage to show up to the Bears100 celebration last year...
And the reaction from fans clearly moved him.
"Trying to tackle Gale Sayers was like trying to catch a candy wrapper in a wind storm.” -Steve Sabol Rest in Peac… https://t.co/7hbggWFxeR— NFL Films (@NFL Films)1600868678.0
His 7-year career went fast but made a lasting impression...
Gale scored 56 career touchdowns, as well as rushed for 4,956 yards.
When Gale Sayers scored six touchdowns against the 49ers as a rookie in 1965, he did it on just 16 touches — for 33… https://t.co/hPsTTRcQSz— Mark Potash (@Mark Potash)1600870991.0
And we all know about his friendship with Brian Piccolo...
Which made us love him even more, and was depicted in the award-winning movie, "Brian's Song."
Gale Sayers & Brian Piccolo are reunited.. The reason I’m a die hard Bears fan today is because of this movie: “B… https://t.co/4Ebn10sKOg— MonsterOfTheTriState (@MonsterOfTheTriState)1600869479.0
Gale and Brian became close friends as well as teammates.
Sayers stayed by Piccolo's side after being diagnosed with cancer and remained close till his death in 1970.
The Cubs are saddened by the loss of Bears Hall of Fame RB Gale Sayers. We join the Chicago sports community and f… https://t.co/e5yp42oKQt— Chicago Cubs (@Chicago Cubs)1600875692.0
Billy Dee Williams portrayed Sayers in the movie...
via: TwitterAnd after meeting him, realized he was an incredible guy.
This is truly heartbreaking news...
RIP It has been confirmed Sayers died after suffering for many years with dementia. We've lost a lot of beloved icons this year. Keep scrolling for our all the tributes...
Rest in peace, @ProFootballHOF RB and @ChicagoBears legend Gale Sayers. 🙏 https://t.co/nmYhk4ag94— NFL (@NFL)1600867342.0