Class of 2023
Ron Dayne
Gale Sayers Award, Heisman

A true football powerhouse, Ron Dayne, nicknamed “The Great Dayne,” left an indelible mark on the game. As a standout running back for the University of Wisconsin, he earned the prestigious Heisman Trophy, highlighting his exceptional talent and contribution to college football. Dayne’s remarkable career continued in the NFL, where he showcased his prowess with multiple teams, including the New York Giants and the Denver Broncos. With a combination of power and agility, he remains one of the most accomplished rushers in football history. The Gale Sayers Award, named after another legendary running back, fittingly recognizes Dayne’s enduring impact on the sport, inspiring future generations of athletes. His induction into The Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame honors his outstanding achievements and lasting legacy in football.

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