Gale Sayers' 85 Yard Punt Return for TD
For many, the game of football is known and beloved for its physicality, but there’s another side too: one of athletic beauty and gracefulness – and it was this artistic side to the sport that, for a few moments in a Chicago December of 1965, was made breathtakingly evident. The performer was Gale Sayers, the Bears’ Hall of Fame running back, who in the fourth quarter of a contest at Wrigley Field went back to receive a punt against the 49ers. Sayers had already scored five touchdowns in the game, including an 80-yard catch and a 50-yard rush, and the Bears were in command, 47-20. Sayers caught the punt inside his own 15 and broke a 49er tackle. With long, tall strides he raced downhill, soon finding a pair of 49ers in his path. Sayers, without slowing down, broke left, alluding the first defender by lengthening his stride, and then – with his momentum carrying him directly at the second defender and while still at maximum speed – he abruptly altered course, turning 90 degrees left and past his man, who slid and fell. From that point it was over: Sayers ran in all alone for an 85-yard touchdown.