Gale Sayers was the No. 4 overall draft pick in the 1965 draft by the Chicago Bears. Sayers went on to have a splendid rookie season, as he exploded on the NFL scene by scoring 22 touchdowns.
When you look at everything that Sayers did in his rookie year, you have to be in awe of his talent. He ran the ball 166 times for 867 yards, averaging 5.2 yards per rush. He scored 14 rushing touchdowns. As a receiver out of the backfield, Sayers caught 29 passes for 507 yards, averaging 17.5 yards per catch. He caught six touchdown passes.
Then, you factor in his special teams play. As a return man, Sayers scored on both a kick return and punt return as a rookie. He averaged 14.9 yards per punt return and 31.4 yards as a kick returner. During that 1965 season, Sayers had a punt return of 85 yards, a kick return of 96 yards, a pass reception of 80 yards and a rush of 61 yards.
In his 1965 rookie season, Gale Sayers scored 22 total touchdowns. His 132 points still stands as the most points ever scored by a rookie (excluding kickers). That record still remains 47 years later.
Most Points in a Rookie Season
144 - Kevin Butler, Chicago, 1985 (51 PAT, 31 FG)
141 - Mason Crosby, Green Bay, 2007 (48 PAT, 31 FG)
132 - Gale Sayers, Chicago, 1965 (22 TD)
Other rookie records that Sayers set include scoring six touchdowns in a game against the San Francisco 49ers and amassing 2,272 all-purpose yards.
Sayers won the AP NFL Rookie of the Year award and was voted to the Pro Bowl game as an All-Pro.
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