One of the greatest running backs of all time Gale Sayers in action
On a cold, rainy,and muddy day on December 12, 1965, the Bears were getting ready to play the 49ers.
Those who skipped the game would have missed one of the greatest displays of dominance and athleticism in football history. Young rookie running back Gale Sayers started the offense early by catching a screen pass on his own 20 and running 80 yards for the touchdown on the second play of the game.
The Bears then drove down the field, and on the 21-yard line, gave Sayers a pitch which he took 18 yards before spectacularly leaping over diving 49ers defenseman Jimmy Johnson for his second touchdown. He finished off the first half with a seven-yard run for his third touchdown.
Then, in the third quarter, he scored on a 50-yard pitchout, and then added his fifth touchdown with a one-yard run for an easy score. He then went to return a punt but slipped at the 50-yard line, keeping him from scoring his sixth touchdown. Nonetheless, he got a shot at redemption when he received a punt at the 15-yard line and returned it an incredible 85 yards for his sixth and final touchdown as the Bears won 61-20.
Sayers ended up with 336 total offensive yards, including 113 yards on nine carries, 134 yards on three punt returns and 89 yards on only two receptions. So not only did he get 336 yards, but he did so on a minuscule 14 touches! That kind of performance redefines dominance.
Gale Sayers would only play six years due to knee injuries but was still inducted into the Hall of Fame at the record age of 34.