Linda McNeil Wiki – Linda McNeil Biography
Linda McNeil was the first wife of Gale Sayers, a hall of fame running back for the Chicago Bears.
Linda McNeil Age
Linda McNeil’s age is unclear. However, her former husband Gale Sayers (born Gale Eugene Sayers) was born on May 30, 1943, in Wichita, Kansas, United States. He died on September 23, 2020, in Wakarusa, Indiana, at the age of 77.
Gale Sayers Wife Linda McNeil
Gale Sayers and Linda McNeil had been married from June 10, 1962, until their divorce in 1973. They had three children. Sayers went on to marry his second wife Ardythe Bullard on December 1, 1973.
Gale Sayers Death
Gale Sayers passed away on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, at the age of 77. Bears Chairman George H. McCaskey said in a statement: “Football fans know well Gale’s many accomplishments on the field: a rare combination of speed and power as the game’s most electrifying runner, a dangerous kick returner, his comeback from a serious knee injury to lead the league in rushing, and becoming the youngest player inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. People who weren’t even football fans came to know Gale through the TV movie ‘Brian’s Song,’ about his friendship with teammate Brian Piccolo. Fifty years later, the movie’s message that brotherhood and love needn’t be defined by skin color, still resonates. Coach [George] Halas said it best, when presenting Gale for induction at the Hall of Fame: ‘His like will never be seen again.’ On behalf of the McCaskey family, we offer our sincerest condolences to [his wife] Ardie and the entire Sayers family.”
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement: “The NFL family lost a true friend today with the passing of Gale Sayers. Gale was one of the finest men in NFL history and one of the game’s most exciting players. Gale was an electrifying and elusive runner who thrilled fans every time he touched the ball. He earned his place as a first-ballot Hall of Famer. We will also forever remember Gale for his inspiration and kindness. Gale’s quiet unassuming demeanor belied his determination, competitiveness, and compassion. We send our heartfelt condolences to his wife Ardie, and their family. Our thoughts are with his teammates, the Bears organization, the many fans who remember him as a football player, and the many more people who were touched by Gale’s spirit and generosity.”
Butkus, a Hall of Fame middle linebacker who was selected by the Bears one pick ahead of Sayers in the 1965 draft, said in a statement: “Will miss a great friend who helped me become the player I became because after practicing and scrimmaging against Gale I knew I could play against anybody. We lost one of the best Bears ever and more importantly, we lost a great person.”
Hall of Fame President David Baker said in a statement: “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. 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. The ‘Kansas Comet’ burst onto the scene in the National Football League and captured the attention of all of America. Despite playing only 68 NFL games because of an injury-shortened career, Gale was a clear-cut—and first-ballot—Hall of Famer for his accomplishments on the field and for the man of character he was in life. The entire Pro Football Hall of Fame family mourns the passing of Gale. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Ardie, and their entire family. We will forever keep his legacy alive to serve as inspiration for future generations. The Hall of Fame flag will fly at half-staff until he is laid to rest.”
Cause of Death
Gale Sayers’ cause of death was complications from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. In a 2017 interview, Gale Sayers’ wife, Ardythe Bullard, revealed that the Hall of Fame running back had been diagnosed with dementia in 2013.