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Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers dead at 77

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Gayle Sayers in 2008. (Photo in public domain)

Former Chicago Bears running back Gale Sayers died Wednesday at the age of 77.

Sayers is known for being one of the best running backs ever in a career cut short due to knee injuries. The news of his death was shocking.

“All those who love the game of football mourn the loss of one of the greatest to ever play this game with the passing of Chicago Bears legend Gale Sayers,” Hall of Fame president and CEO David Baker said in a statement. “He was the very essence of a team player — quiet, unassuming and always ready to compliment a teammate for a key block. Gale was an extraordinary man who overcame a great deal of adversity during his NFL career and life.”

Sayers, who was known as the Kansas Comet, rushed for 4,956 yards and 39 touchdowns from 1965-1971. He also scored six touchdowns in one game and was one of the most feared men on the football field before his knee injuries.

After his retirement in 1971, Sawyer worked in the athletics department of his alma mater Kansas University before being named athletic director at Southern Illinois. He also  served as interim athletic director at Tennessee State University from 1985 to 1986.

Sayers suffered from dementia in his later years and, according to his wife, Ardie, his football career was a major cause of the illness.

Sayers was inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

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St. Al’s Cooper Madison caught a 40-yard touchdown pass Friday

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St. Aloysius High School football player Cooper Madison caught his first touchdown pass of the season last week in the Flashes big win over Washington School Oct. 16.

Madison caught the 40-yard pass in the first play of the Flashes possession last week to make the score 6-0 in the first quarter. For most of the night, he played on defense at cornerback in the 43-28 victory.

He is known for his great athletic ability. In football, he also plays on special teams where he sometimes kicks the extra point behind Reed Bourne, and he is also a soccer player for St. Aloysius.

Madison has been a big part of Flashes football over the past few years, and he will start Friday for St. Aloysius in the team’s last game of the regular season.

The Flashes face the Cathedral Green Wave Friday in Natchez, Mississippi, at 7 p.m.

 

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Mississippi high school football coach dies in car crash

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A Mississippi high school football coach was involved in a deadly car crash Wednesday that ended his life.

Southeast Lauderdale High School head coach Calvin Hampton died after his car collided with an 18-wheeler on Mississippi Highway 19.

The school released the following statement on its Facebook page shortly after Hampton’s death was confirmed:

“It is with great sadness that we pass along the news of the loss of Coach Calvin Hampton. Coach Hampton was loved by many in our community, county, and city. Please remember his family and everyone who cared about and loved Coach Hampton in the days ahead. All school functions for the rest of the day are canceled. Grief counselors will be available when classes resume tomorrow.”

Hampton was in the middle of his second season as head coach at Southeast Lauderdale at the time of his death. The Tigers are scheduled to play Kemper County Friday.

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Hinds’ Smith and McCray named MACCC Football Players of the Week

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Connor Smith and BeSean McCray (photos courtesy HInds CC)

Vicksburg native Connor Smith and BeSean McCray of Orlando, Florida, were tabbed as the Mississippi Association of Community Colleges Conference Football Players of the Week following their stellar performances in Hinds 18-16 victory over Jones College Thursday, Oct. 15.

Sophomore kicker Smith was named the MACCC Special Teams Player of the Week. Smith made all four of his field goal attempts, including the game-winner as time expired. Smith scored 12 points for Hinds in their 18-16 victory over Jones last week. Through the Eagles first two games this season, Smith is a perfect five-for-five in field goal attempts and has tallied 18 total points.

Freshman quarterback McCray was named the MACCC Offensive Player of the Week. McCray completed 41 of his 74 pass attempts for 421 yards and one touchdown. His 421 passing yards and 74 passing attempts are both single-game records for the Hinds football program. Through two games, McCray leads the MACCC in multiple categories including: completions (51), attempts (105) and yards (568).

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