Chicago Bears Hall of Famer Gale Sayers battling dementia


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Published 1:42 p.m. ET March 20, 2017 | Updated 24 minutes ago

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Relatives of Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers say the Chicago Bears legend has been diagnosed with dementia.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Relatives of Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers say the Chicago Bears legend has been diagnosed with dementia.

His wife, Ardythe Sayers, tells The Kansas City Star that her 73-year-old husband was diagnosed four years ago and she blames Sayers’ football career. He played for the Bears from seven seasons starting in 1965 after setting records at the University of Kansas.

“Like the doctor at the Mayo Clinic said, ‘Yes, a part of this has to be on football,’” Ardie Sayers said at their home in Wakarusa, Ind. “It wasn’t so much getting hit in the head . It’s just the shaking of the brain when they took him down with the force they play the game in.”

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