NFL: Bears Hall of Famer running back Gale Sayers has dementia

Gale Sayers is introduced during the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremonies in Canton, Ohio on Aug. 2, 2014.
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Relatives of Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers say that the Chicago Bears legend has been diagnosed with dementia.

His wife, Ardythe Sayers, told the Kansas City Star that her 73-year-old husband was diagnosed four years ago and she blames Sayers’ football career. He played for the Bears for seven seasons starting in 1965 after setting records at Kansas.

His family had made no secret of his condition but hadn’t shared it publicly.


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