Gale Sayers made the Pro Football Hall of Fame even though injuries limited him to essentially six seasons with the Bears. So if any running back has an appreciation how short of an NFL career can last, it's Sayers. That's why it is particularly telling when Sayers says he cannot comprehend today's running backs that turn down millions.
Sayers made $25,000 a year in the NFL. To put that in perspective, Marshawn Lynch, who is holding out with Seattle, is going to be fined $30,000 a day for as long as he continues to miss training camp.
Yes, Lynch -- who has already collected $17 million of the four-year, $30 million contract he signed two years ago -- is willing to be fined more in one day that Hall of Famer Gale Sayers made in one year.
Sayers didn't talk about Lynch specifically, but in general terms, he didn't seem thrilled with some of today's players.
"We made the game for those kids that are turning away millions of dollars," Sayers said. Here are more of his thoughts:
Sayers was participating in the Eric Dickerson Hall of Fame Golf Invitational that benefits The Young Warriors Foundation, a mentoring program for boys who are growing up without fathers, living in poverty or have dealt with other traumatic experiences at a young age.