The Packers and Dolphins were especially hard-hit.
Also: Baseball deaths in 2020
Welcome to my 1st football cards blog, where you will find some scans and recollections of the 1967 NFL cards by Philadelphia Gum, and a few of the 1967 AFL cards by Topps.
This was the season leading up to Super Bowl II (Packers vs. Raiders).
The Chicago Bears' great halfback Gale Sayers passed away on September 23, 2020 at age 77.
Sayers was one of two first-round picks by the Bears in 1965. (Dick Butkus was the other.) Like Butkus, Sayers' career was cut short due to knee injuries.
Sayers was first team All-Pro in his first 5 seasons, and led the NFL in rushing yards in 1966 and 1969. He also scored 14 TDs as a rookie.
After 5 great years, he only played 2 games each in 1970 and 1971. The unfortunate hit by the 49ers' Kermit Alexander caused his first knee injury in late-1968. Surprisingly, he came back in 1969 and led the league in rushing.
A second knee injury in the 1970 pre-season put the brakes on his great career.
Sayers was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977, despite only having played in 68 games.