Gale Sayers Net Worth - The Complete Breakdown
Grab all the details on the net worth of American professional football player Gale Sayers.
Former professional football player Gale Sayers recently passed away at the age of 77 on September 23, 2020. He is a legend of the Chicago Bears and is considered one of the greatest running backs in the history of the National Football League (NFL). He was suffering from dementia for a long time.
Gale Sayers played from 1965 to 1971 for the Chicago Bears, after which knee injuries ended his career. Despite his short seven-season career in the NFL, he got one of the greatest running backs in the history of the NFL. After his retirement from the NFL, he entered sports administration and business. Below, we take a look at the net worth of the late football player and analyze how much money he made during his lifetime.
What is Gale Sayers' Net Worth?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Gale Sayers made an estimated net worth of $50 million during his lifetime. He accumulated this incredible amount of fortune from his career as a NFL football player for the Chicago Bears, and additionally, his later career in sports administration and business. He was also the athletic director of Southern Illinois University from 1976 to 1981.
Gale Sayers made an estimated net worth of $50 million during his lifetime.
Source: South Bend Tribune
Gale Sayers' time with the Chicago Bears lasted for seven seasons, from 1965 to 1961. Despite his short career, he went into the history books as one of the greatest running backs in NFL history. He scored 20 touchdowns from scrimmage as a rookie in 1965 — six coming in one game — and totaled 867 rushing yards. Next year too, he ran for 1,231 yards and added 447 receiving yards for a career-high 1,678 yards from scrimmage.
From 1965 to 1969, Gale Sayers ran for 4,866 yards and 39 touchdowns on 5.1 yards per carry. Also, he turned 111 passes into 1,313 yards and nine touchdowns. Additionally, he scored six touchdowns on kick returns and another two on punt returns.
Gale Sayers Died After Suffering From Dementia For a Long Time
Gale Sayers' wife, Ardythe, revealed in March 2017 that Gale Sayers was diagnosed with dementia four years earlier. She said that a Mayo Clinic doctor confirmed it was likely caused by his football career. 'It wasn't so much getting hit in the head,' she said. 'It's just the shaking of the brain when they took him down with the force they play the game in.'
Gale Sayers suffered from dementia for a long time.
After Gale Sayers' death, Hall of Fame president and CEO David Baker issued a statement. 'All those who love the game of football mourn the loss of one of the greatest to ever play this game with the passing of Chicago Bears legend Gale Sayers,' he said, as per ESPN. 'He was the very essence of a team player -- quiet, unassuming and always ready to compliment a teammate for a key block. Gale was an extraordinary man who overcame a great deal of adversity during his NFL career and life.'
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