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Football legend Gale Sayers leaves Kansas Athletics post

February 15, 2012

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Kansas University football great and pro football Hall of Fame inductee Gale Sayers, hired in October of 2009 to be KU’s director of fundraising for special projects, no longer is employed by the university.

Sayers, a former running back who went on to stardom in the NFL with the Chicago Bears, left Kansas Athletics, Inc., a few weeks ago to take a job in Las Vegas working as a celebrity ambassador for charity events and poker tournaments.

KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger said Sayers’ resignation was an emotional moment.

“Gale was presented with the opportunity of a lifetime, both financially and as a celebrity, and it was something he could not pass up,” Zenger said. “In sharing the move with us, the conversation was very heartfelt and it was important to him that people know how much he cares about the University of Kansas.”

Sayers hosted a charity poker event with former Green Bay Packers great Paul Hornung on Feb. 5 at Las Vegas’ Red Rock Casino.

One casino official said Sayers was not employed by Red Rock and his new endeavor could be tied to a management company that supplies celebrity hosts for similar functions.

During his most recent employment stint in the KU athletic department, Sayers was paid $150,000 annually, and Zenger said he had no plans to replace him.

“When his schedule permits, Gale will continue to join us in athletic department outreach activities,” Zenger said, noting that any future association with KU would not be on a paid basis.

Comments

spjp11202 1 year, 11 months ago

I called the writer of this article to advise him that quite a bit of his article was inaccurate and offered the correct information but never got a call back. I know Mr. Sayers and family very well for well over 45 years and while I ran a missing childrens charity in Las Vegas, Gale was a celebrity guest at a few of the fundraising events. He was not hired and did not get paid. The charity poker tournament was February 5, 2011 at Red Rock Hotel & Casino. Gale did not work for any Celebrity Management Company. I applaud Gale Sayers for the many wonderful things he has done sharing his time and talent with many great causes for children and health issues. Just think the story should reflect accurate information. I think he should verify the rest of the article too, perhaps with Gale Sayers.

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Paul R Getto 2 years, 2 months ago

Thank you for your service, sir. I still remember when you played on our Episcopal Church softball team. Talk about a ringer! Good luck in Vegas.

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Jayhawk1958 2 years, 2 months ago

I'm happy for him. What a great ambassador for the University. Sure wish I had some film to watch when he played...

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cop62 2 years, 2 months ago

Interesting that Sayers is still listed on the KUAC Directory and the Dave Campos is not...

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Jim Williamson 2 years, 2 months ago

Sayers was hired by Lew to raise money for the ill-fated 3,000-seat stadium expansion. I'd wondered off and on what #40 had been doing ever since that went belly-up. I wish him nothing but the best. Sounds like this Vegas gig could be pretty sweet.

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