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    1970-71 Gale Sayers Game Worn Chicago Bears Jersey. Like the winds that share his first name, Gale Sayers appeared on the scene with destructive force, powerful and elusive, and then suddenly was gone. One can only speculate what might have been had not two vicious hits destroyed the ligaments in each of the superstar Bear's knees, first slowing and then ending one of the most promising careers in football. Though he was named the top halfback of the NFL's first half-century in 1969, many wondered if Sayers' short career might keep him outside the gates of Canton, but that question was answered in 1977 when Sayers became, at age thirty-four, the youngest inductee to the Football Hall of Fame.

    Here we present an exceptional example of a jersey that would be perfectly at home on display in that museum, a navy blue cold weather format assigned its date range by the presence of the name on back (which first appeared in 1969--this jersey does not have the NFL 50th Anniversary patch or any sign of removal, thus eliminating that year). This period found the Hall of Fame running back battling in vain to return to his former greatness as knee and ankle injuries limited his service to just two games each year.

    As such, the apparent game use here is quite light, but the condition cannot be considered a negative as this is consistent with Sayers' abridged workload. Number "40" is applied to chest, back and shoulders in white-on-orange tackle twill, while "Sayers" stands in 2.5" block lettering across shoulders. Lower left front tail provides proper "Wilson [size] 46" label.

    The jersey is accompanied by a 1990 letter of provenance from the son of former NFL player (1947-53) and college coach (1954-87) Alex Agase, who was head coach at Chicago-area Northwestern University in the early 1970's. LOA from Heritage Auctions.


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