Sayers sounds off

Sayers sounds off

There are 62 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Nov 19, 2008, titled Sayers sounds off. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Devin Hester may be running scared. "It looks like he's afraid to run back kickoffs," Sayers said.

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Hanover Park, IL

#1 Nov 19, 2008
If Hester runs 2 back against GB. Bears still lose.
If all he does is make a good catch and runs for 20 yards; he has done his job. Aren't there a bunch of coaches and players standing around doing nothing.

Hester isn't the problem.
Tony Clarke

Mountain View, CA

#2 Nov 19, 2008
Gale Sayers called it correctly - how did I not notice that in Hester? It's all about Hester to Hester. He could care less if the Bear wins. Someone please tell me one past player who made a bold demand in training camp like he did and then continued being great. Hester is the newest bust. Hester sucks.
The Truth

Chicago, IL

#3 Nov 20, 2008
Most players nowadays don't give a rip about the sport. They want the money. Sayers' comments fall on deaf ears.

United States

#4 Nov 20, 2008
Gale Sayers is the greatest runner i ever saw


#5 Nov 20, 2008
Gale Sayers book with Mitchell is a great one.
Gale Sayers was the most thrilling runner who made Chicago Sundays something to look forward to, even though the Bears were mostly a 500 avg team then. We Chicago fans treasure our sports treasures.
Gale Sayers will always be one of our treasured Chicago Sports Hall of Famers, along with Dick Butkus and other Bears, and of course, Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkns and others in the Cubs, the White Sox heroes, the Black Hawk Heroes and Michael Jordan and the Bull heroes. We are a lucky and rich sports city! Players like Hester and this years Bulls players in general should try harder when they come to our fare city.

United States

#6 Nov 20, 2008
I'm not saying, I'm just saying....several of the key Bears have fallen so precipitously that the thought of outside intervention has crept into my reasoning. How can Hester fail so badly so quickly? How can Mark Anderson have 12 sacks one year and not be even noticed the next. How can the Bears entire D line fall so quickly? Watch Urlacher's effort on the Packer 4 yard TD Sunday. That look like someone making an effort? Tommy Harris' performance is so erratic it defies explanation. Every team's secondary save the Bears defends and challenges the pass. The Bears secondary is rarely within 5 yards of a caught ball. With all the money these guys make, can there be an "Arnold Rothstein" out there bold enough to get into NFL locker rooms with a reward great enough to entice cooperation? Naw it's an irrational paranoid thought. Too complicated. Want simple?....the Packer Fans have it right...The Bears still suck.

Mobile, AL

#7 Nov 20, 2008
I just got my new Gale Sayers (and Brian Piccolo) jersey off an Ebay auction yesterday. Sayers = THE greatest runner. Ever. Period. Not hitter, not rusher. Runner. He was half-deer.

What he didn't say about Hester, and this is purely my opinion/observation, is he's D-U-M.

There are basic rules in kick returns. If it's coming down and you're on the X yard line, do this or this or this. Hester can't seem to keep this SIMPLE info in his helmet.

The other thing? When you catch the ball, MOVE your G.D. body!!! Momentum, inertia. Dude, the guys coming at you are moving, FAST. Get the motor on!

Gilbert, AZ

#8 Nov 20, 2008
I saw both Gayle and Walter play

Greatest runner Gayle

Greatest running back Walter...Hands down...end of story
Ole Ed

United States

#9 Nov 20, 2008
I have said this in other blogs.Something is rotten in Denmark and Lake Forest.Almost every player on this team has a history of great plays.Now they can barely find the field by themselves.The G.M. issupposed to be the bottom line butif he can't see the problem and fix it we are lost.

Atlanta, GA

#10 Nov 20, 2008
Hester's new contract is incentive based on receptions, yards and touchdowns as a receiver. He does not want 2 put that in jeopardy returning kickoffs. Pretty simple really.

Spring Valley, IL

#11 Nov 20, 2008
It's a lot more than Hester. Tillman was dancing on the sidelines to the arena music in Green Bay during a 30plus point loss. Urlacher is playing patty cake with guards and fullbacks trying to protect his neck and back. Lovie, the HEAD coach, seen standing on the sidelines with hands in pockets last week looking like he was in the colonoscopy line. It's a lot more than Hester...
American First

Gwynn Oak, MD

#12 Nov 20, 2008
Sayer's shut your trap up. Hester knows what he is doing. If the man has contract incentives to be a wide-receiver, and since the NFL is a Business and there is not loyalty, Hester has made the right choice if what you say is true. Courage, Hester has shown just as much as courage as you with the run-backs he have had so far in his few years with the Bears.
Tired of the BS

Chicago, IL

#13 Nov 20, 2008
Hester is over-rated. He got lucky on a couple of his run backs. He holds out like usual with ball players now a days, and becomes a bust when they sign the contract. If he is holding himself out for incentive in his contract, then something is wrong with both the Bears and Hester. Sadly it's not about playing the game like when Sayers and our beloved Walter played. It's only about money as we see with this team now. It's not go TEAM any more, it go $$$$$.
truth talker

Oswego, IL

#14 Nov 20, 2008
Have to agree with Sayers on this. Hester is running scared and since he has signed the big contract he is very hesitant and the aspect of his big dollars is based on receiving has made him that way. Anyone watching the games can see the edge is not there. Anytime a player gets the big bucks the incentive is lost. Another example of this is Harris. Too bad you can't build a clause about lack of production in the contract.
Trier Alum 03

Chicago, IL

#15 Nov 20, 2008
its 15 % Hester 85% the rest of the special teams...Nobody blocks, teams are better prepared, he isnt catching breaks. Lets give him a break, if he breaks 1 down the stretch against MN or GB, that is all that matters. I am confident he will, afterall the man is due. We should be concerned with our D Line, Secondary and poor offensive play calling. RUN THE BALL! I am guessing Bears win big this weekend then lose Sunday night and rip my heart out again.

Lake Forest, IL

#16 Nov 20, 2008
Please, would Gale Sayers just go away finally.

Erie, IL

#17 Nov 20, 2008
I can't stand Gale Sayers! I love all Chicago Bears greats, but not him. He needs to just shut up and stay out of the media!

Erie, IL

#18 Nov 20, 2008
Also, I don't see how Gale Sayers was so great. Maybe a great rookie. He played 6 years in the NFL. His career totals are 4,956 rushing - 48 TD's - 5.0 per carry avg. As a rookie he rusher for 1,374 yards - 20 TD's - 5.2 per carry avg. That means in the next 5 years (yes I know he got hurt in the last year) he rushed for 3,582 yards - 28 TDs - not sure on the avg per carry. Not good numbers for 5 seasons. I know he caught some passes and returned kick too, but I'm talking about just running the ball. Not impressed! Gale just shut up and go away!
John Anthony

United States

#19 Nov 20, 2008
Hester is a girl. It's so obvious the guy is scared to run and scared to get hit. I've said it before and I will say it again, Hester's best days are way behind him. He got his money and he wants people to leave him alone. Signing Hester was just a terrible move. So now, the Bears have a highly paid kickoff/punt return guy who is scared, he might be a No. 2 wideout at best in another 5 years. What a waste. Plus I doubt Hestr can even read.
I cant Bear it

Zion, IL

#20 Nov 20, 2008
Devin Hester is not the (only) reason the Bears are losing but his previous play in the first two years is why the Bears enjoyed better field position on both kick offs and punts. Opponents did not kick at him, now they are kicking straight at him. All the other teams in this league know the Bears are currently under achieving and are taking every advantage they can. It starts at the top with the GM and coaching staff, they have alienated the locker room with many unpopular personnel moves including coach and players.
Devin Hester will never make the Hall of Fame as a wide receiver.

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