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Old 11-23-2012, 09:52 AM   Topic Starter
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Why did Gale Sayers spurn the Chiefs in 1965?

This has probably been a topic of a thread before, but I've not seen it. I was thinking about Sayers yesterday... and wondering why he didn't come to KC?

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Kansas City made an aggressive offer for Sayers, and wooed him hard to join their team. He summarized the package Chicago offered him as "$4.95 and a carton of Cokes", but spurned the Chiefs to sign with the Bears.
This was before the first Superbowl... and considering that Gale made ZERO championship games, and KC went to 2 during his career... I'd say he made the wrong choice.

Especially, when you consider that he went to KU.
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:55 AM   #2
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:58 AM   #3
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:10 AM   #4
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Kansas City was a more racist city than Chicago at that time.
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:31 AM   #5
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Kansas City was a more racist city than Chicago at that time.
Precisely. Which like I said doesn't make sense considering his success at KU and the good time he had while here in the Midwest.
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:00 PM   #6
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Kansas City was a more racist city than Chicago at that time.
That's complete and utter bullshit. The Chiefs made their name drafting black players from black schools in the 1960s. Sayers was from Nebraska and played at KU. Was Chicago a racism island? Hardly! For Sayers it was about playing in the established league rather than an upstart.

Buck Buchanan, Willie Lanier, Bobby Bell, Curly Culp, Otis Taylor... among others played here and loved it. In fact, most of them made KC their home and are still active in the community.

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Old 11-23-2012, 01:43 PM   #7
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That's complete and utter bullshit. The Chiefs made their name drafting black players from black schools in the 1960s. Sayers was from Nebraska and played at KU. Was Chicago a racism island? Hardly! For Sayers it was about playing in the established league rather than an upstart.

Buck Buchanan, Willie Lanier, Bobby Bell, Curly Culp, Otis Taylor... among others played here and loved it. In fact, most of them made KC their home and are still active in the community.
Nope its the truth, Kansas City in 1965 wasn't as friendly for African-Americans.
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Curtis and Gale were, and remain, good friends. Gale asked for advice. Curtis told him that if he picked K.C., regardless of his resources, he could get a good house in a poor neighborhood or a poor house in a good neighborhood. At the time, Curtis says, 27th Street was pretty much the black-white dividing line in KC Moe. Chicago seemed more receptive to minorities; the living conditions Gale and then-wife Linda could get there topped what they saw in Kansas City.
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:23 AM   #8
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:36 AM   #9
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Probably because the NFL was viewed as the superior league to the upstart AFL.
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:25 AM   #10
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He figured being black would've hurt him here and Chicago would've helped. Which is funny him going to KU and all already.
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:01 PM   #11
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:05 PM   #12
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:06 PM   #13
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:11 PM   #14
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He said himself that he thought that the AFL would collapse and cease to exist in a few years when he was drafted so he picked Chicago.
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