Pro Football Hall of Famer: Gale Sayers would have been “dominant” in 2020

Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers, one of the most dominant players in NFL history, passed away Wednesday at the age of 77

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September 23, 2020 - 10:56 am

When Pro Football Hall of Famer James Lofton was a little boy, his father would speak reverently of Bears running back Gale Sayers, only he wouldn’t call him by his name; he would call him by his nickname, “The Kansas Comet.”

“When you’re a little kid and you hear that, you know that a comet streaks through the sky,” Lofton said on The DA Show, “and you’re going, ‘Where is Kansas?’ You knew that’s where the Wizard of Oz was. So here’s a player that was kind of like a mythical figure, and he played that way on the football field. He was such a great gentleman off the field.”

Sayers died Wednesday after a battle with dementia. He was 77.

“He was a wonderful player and great man,” Lofton said, “and just somebody that I knew of from a very early age and had the opportunity to get to know a little bit as a fellow Hall of Famer.”

Sayers played for Chicago from 1965-71. He was NFL Rookie of the Year, a five-time first-team All-Pro, and twice led the league in rushing yards.

Would he have been productive in today’s NFL?

“No, he would have been dominant,” Lofton said, laughing. “Think about him in the open space. Think about him in a Sean Payton offense. Think about him running some of the things that running backs are allowed to do now. And the fact that you can’t lead with the helmet, you can’t clothesline him as he’s coming through the line of scrimmage – yeah, the Kansas Comet would have been pretty good in 2020.”