Sayers was a memeber of both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame. In college he played for the Univerisity of Kansas and his NFL career was with the Chicago Bears
In his rookie year, he scored an NFL record of 22 touchdowns. He went on to play with the Bears until 1971 when he was forced to retire because of repeated knee injuries. His friendship with fellow Chicago Bear Brian Piccolo was the basis for the 1971 movie Brian's Song.