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Brian Floyd
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Posted: 23 September 2020 at 2:10pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

One of the Bears' greatest players dead at 77. He was apparently diagnosed with dementia in 2012.

God bless Gale Sayers and Brian Piccolo. They're together again. 

R.I.P.
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Doug Centers
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Posted: 23 September 2020 at 3:21pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Sorry to hear of his dementia, just a horrible way to go thru your final days.

When it comes to highlight reels, it's Sayers and Sanders all day!
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Brian Floyd
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Posted: 23 September 2020 at 6:57pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Oh, I'd think Emmitt Smith and Walter Payton would be in there, too....

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John Popa
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Posted: 24 September 2020 at 8:26pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Learning about football after his retirement he was always considered one of the best of all-time by anyone who studies the game. He still on that list to this day, a testament to what he could do on the field. By all accounts he was a fine person off the field as well. 
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James Best
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Posted: 28 September 2020 at 10:22pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Way back when I was a teenager I read a paperback copy of I AM THIRD, which introduced me to Gale Sayers as both a player and as a person. For those football fans here in the JBF, I would highly recommend that you track down the book at a local used bookstore.

Sayers is one of those athletes whose career ended too soon due to injury, but who made such an impression on his sport that his highlight reels are still eye popping even by today's standards. 

The fact that his life after football was so successful tells you just what a great man he was. He was more than just an NFL running back. He was an example for other athletes to follow.

Rest in peace.

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