Thousands of student-athletes have proudly worn the Crimson and Blue as they competed for the University of Kansas. Few achieve the highest accolades their sport has to offer. Even fewer choose to dedicate their lives in service to our beloved institution. The Kansas Athletics family is proud to honor two Jayhawk legends who have become a part of the fabric of Mount Oread- All Americans, and Jayhawks for life, John Hadl and Gale Sayers.

Project Details

SCULPTOR: Lou Cella
COMPANY: Fine Arts Studio of Rotblatt-Amrany Highwood, Illinois
STATUE SIZE: 12 feet (8 ft. statue on 4 ft. base)
COMPLETION DATE: April 2020
LOCATION: Temporarily placed outside the Indoor Football Facility
TOTAL COST: $350,000
RECOGNITION: Donors will be recognized for gifts of $10,000, $5,000 & $1,000. This philanthropic gift is 100% tax-deductible and priority points will be waived. Gifts of any amount are appreciated.

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"There is no better way to recognize and thank these two Kansas Football legends for their accomplishments as athletes, ambassadors and men! I encourage all Jayhawks to support this project to pay tribute to the impact they have had on the University of Kansas."

Les Miles, Head Football Coach

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  • First Kansas player to be named All-American twice (1960 and 1961, at different positions)
  • Enjoyed a stellar 16-year career as professional quarterback
  • Six-time Pro Bowler
  • Member of the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame
  • Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994
  • Number 21 is one of three Kansas football numbers retired

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  • Led KU in rushing, touchdowns and kicko returns all three years he was in the lineup
  • Led KU in receiving and punt returns his junior and senior year
  • Led the NFL in rushing in 1966 and 1969
  • 1965 NFL Rookie of the Year
  • Number 48 is one of three Kansas football numbers retired
  • Won All-NFL honors five-straight years and was named offensive Player of the Game in three out of the four Pro Bowls in which he played
  • Youngest player ever inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame (age 34 in 1977)
  • Member of the College Football, Chicago Bears, and Kansas Athletics Halls of Fame.