Sayers, nicknamed the "Kansas Comet," played college football for the Kansas Jayhawks at the University of Kansas, where he accumulated 4,020 all-purpose yards over three seasons and was twice selected a unanimous All-American. He also played in the East–West Shrine Game and the College Football All-Star Game.
After graduating from high school in Papillion, Nebraska, Sayers attended Kansas on a football scholarship, but left the team after one season to pursue a professional career. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the third round (47th overall) of the 1951 NFL Draft and played nine seasons with the team. He died in 2011 at the age of 80.
During his time with the Bears, Sayers helped them win two NFL Championships (1952, 1953). He was named an All-NFL player five times and was voted into the Pro Bowl four times. In 2012, he was ranked # 8 on The Sports Encyclopedia's list of the 50 Greatest Players who have worn the Number 26.
In 2013, Sayers was elected to the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. The following year, the NFL announced that it would honor Sayers with a day of activities during the 2014 season. On November 24, 2014, the Chicago Bears hosted their annual Thanksgiving Day game against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field.
He was an All-American while playing collegiate football for the University of Georgia. He was drafted in the first round by the Arizona Cardinals and also played for the Cincinnati Bengals, San Francisco 49ers, and Denver Broncos in the NFL. In four different seasons, he rushed for 1,000 yards or more. His career average of 7.1 yards per carry is the highest of any player who has carried the ball at least 100 times in the NFL history.
Garrison Hearst was born on January 4th, 1979 in Humble, Texas. He was a student at Brookhaven Elementary School in River Oaks, where he learned how to play football from his brother Phil. Later, he went to River Oaks High School, where he played for the varsity team. As a freshman at the University of Georgia in 1997, Hearst started three games at fullback before moving to linebacker. That same year, he helped lead his team to the National Championship game after rushing for 997 yards and 12 touchdowns. UGA lost that game 21-14 to Florida State, but Hearst was named a First Team All-American by The Sporting News.
After graduating from Georgia with a bachelor's degree in economics, Hearst entered the 1999 NFL Draft. He was selected second overall by the Arizona Cardinals and earned the nickname "The Human Ram". During his first season with the team, he ran for 515 yards and five touchdowns and also returned kicks.
OSU (Oregon State University) Dixon, Dennis Lee Jr. He attended the University of Oregon and played football there. The Philadelphia Eagles selected him with a third-round pick in the 1986 NFL Draft. He played only one season for them before joining the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League (CFL). In 1987, he led the league in interceptions with 14.
Dennis Lee Jr. was born on January 4th, 1964 in Portland, Oregon. He was raised by his single mother after his father died when he was just eight years old. He has two siblings: a brother named Marcus who is four years older than him and a sister named Tanisha who is three years younger than him.
When Dennis was young, his family moved often because his mother had many jobs as a dancer to support them. When he was nine years old, they finally got a house with a garage where he could keep his car. This new house had better windows because his mom could now afford them. When he was 10 years old, they moved again but this time to Salem, Oregon where his mother took a job at OSU (Oregon State University).
Dennis loved sports from a very young age.
Folk was offered a football scholarship by the University of Arizona. As a sophomore, he was named starter. His longest field goal of his collegiate career, a 52-yarder versus USC, occurred in 2005. During his sophomore year, he also took up punting responsibilities in addition to kicking. As a senior, he was named All-Pac-10. He finished his college career with 141 points out of a possible 150.
In 2014, Folk was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the sixth round of the NFL draft.
He played for three seasons with the Broncos, finishing with 70 tackles and four years in professional soccer. In 2017, he signed with the New York Guardians of the newly established Alliance of American Football. The league ceased operations after one season. In 2018, Folk joined the San Diego Fleet of the Alliance of American Football. That league too has now folded. In 2019, Folk will be playing for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.
During his college years, Folk played on the punt coverage team as a wide receiver. He caught five passes for 66 yards and a touchdown during that time.
He is the younger brother of Washington State quarterback Connor Folk. Both of their parents are athletic coaches: Nick's mother is a softball coach and his father is a baseball coach. They have two other siblings: a sister who plays basketball and a brother who plays football.
Nick Folk attended high school in Beaverton, Oregon.
He attended The Ohio State University, where he was an All-American and won the Heisman Trophy in 2006. He was picked in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens, and he has previously played for the NFL's San Francisco 49ers and the UFL's Omaha Nighthawks.
In addition to his career in football, Smith also competed in track & field at Ohio State. His best event was the long jump, where he finished second three times. He also qualified for the NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships once.
After graduating from Ohio State with a degree in marketing, Smith entered the NFL draft again. This time he went in the first round to the San Francisco 49ers, where he started eight games in 2008 before being replaced by rookie quarterback Alex Smith. In 2009, Smith started seven games for the 49ers but was sidelined for most of 2010 with a shoulder injury. He announced his retirement on January 12, 2011.
Smith came out of retirement in April 2011 when the Niners failed to hire a new head coach. He signed with the Baltimore Ravens, who selected him in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. However, he was released by the Ravens after they signed quarterback Joe Flacco earlier in the summer. In December 2011, Smith signed with the Nebraska Danger of the UFL. He played six games for the Danger in 2012 before being suspended for the season opener after testing positive for steroids.