CLICK ON THE PHOTO BELOW OF “PAPA BEAR”, GEORGE HALAS, FOR A SNEAK PEEK AT “CAUGHT IN THE DRAFT: 1965”
by Neil Zender, Series Producer
One blue-chip Draft pick can make a profound difference for a franchise. Think of Andrew Luck has done for the Colts, what Tony Dorsett did for the Cowboys and what Broadway Joe did for the New York Jets. Which begs the question – what’s the greatest first round a team has ever had?
That distinction belongs to the Monsters of the Midway. Believe it or not in 1965 the Chicago Bears landed two icons in consecutive picks in one draft – DICK BUTKUS and GALE SAYERS. They’re two of the most magical names in NFL lore and it wasn’t an accident that GEORGE HALAS landed them both. Butkus was Chicago-born and bred, but Sayers felt a strong pull towards the Kansas City Chiefs. He was the “Kansas Comet”, had played college ball at the University of Kansas and his wife was from Kansas City. The Chiefs owner, Lamar Hunt, had the deepest pockets in football and was offering a king’s ransom. Yet “Papa Bear” could see Sayers was a rare talent – something he hadn’t seen since “The Galloping Ghost”, Red Grange, and he was willing to do whatever it took, by whatever means necessary to get him.
Get Caught in the Draft and find out how George Halas beat Lamar Hunt and orchestrated the greatest first round in NFL history on Thursday at 9 p.m. eastern, only on NFL NETWORK.
Caught in the Draft premieres exclusively on NFL Network Thursday, April 2 at 9 PM Eastern, featuring the 1965 draft show “Spies, Superstars and Babysitters.” New episodes will follow each week focusing on the ’75, ’85, ’95 and ’05 NFL Drafts.
The Caught in the Draft series is produced by David Plaut and Neil Zender
The episode “Spies, Superstars, and Babysitters” was produced by David Plaut, Jeff Larsen, and Paul Camarata