The Kansas Comet's Roommate (FREE)

by  Pro Football Hall of Fame

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This program examines the relationship between Gold Jacket Gale Sayers and his teammate Brian Piccolo. Not only will students examine the historical implications of being one of the first black/white roommates in the NFL, but also the character traits each of these players displayed in order to overcome adversity both on and off the field. A segment from the TV movie Brian's Song will be shown to reinforce the topic. The 50-minute program, which is designed to be highly interactive, is supplemented by a lesson aligned with common core/national standards of education and is recommended for grades 5-12.

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Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

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Primary Disciplines

Career Education, Family & Consumer Science, Health/Physical Education, Language Arts/English, Leadership, Literacy, Problem Solving, Reading, Social Studies/History, Technology/Information Science, Writing

Program Delivery Mode

Google Hang Out

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Pro Football Hall of Fame

Canton, OH
United States

The Pro Football Hall of Fame's mission:

Honor the Greatest of the Game, Preserve its History, Promote its Values, and Celebrate Excellence Together!

Helping to fulfill this mission are the many educational and youth initiatives offered by the Hall of Fame.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Youth & Education Department is committed to empower youth around the world and aims to inspire young people to achieve Hall of Fame success on and off the field. Our BEST work will yield a new generation of character, courage & compassion. Young men and women of nobility, integrity and honor who are both inclusive (of all races & religions) and prepared to respect, and, if necessary, defend,
those who are weaker or different than themselves. A new generation that shall make our families stronger, our communities closer, our companies more competitive, our country greater and our world a better place to live. A positive & passionate generation of perseverance, excellence & love.

Jerry Csaki

Program Details


10 minutes – Welcome/Mission/Values
30 minutes – Discussion/Videos on Gale Sayers and Brian Piccolo
10 minutes – Question and Answers


o Create, critique and discuss print and non-print texts.
o Conduct research on issues and interests by generating ideas and questions and by posing problems. They gather, evaluate and synthesize data from a variety of sources (e.g., print and non-print displays and artifacts) to communicate their discoveries.
o Use a variety of technological and informational resources (e.g., video, displays, databases) to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge.
o Develop an understanding of and respect for diversity in language use, patterns and dialects across cultures, ethnic groups, geographic regions and social roles.
o Use spoken, written and visual language to accomplish their own purpose (e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasion and exchange of information).
o Identify the basis for the respect they feel for someone of a different race or culture and provide an opportunity to demonstrate tolerance for people with different beliefs, practices and appearances.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Common Core Standards Met:
• Language Art: Reading Informational Text; Reading Foundational Skills; Writing; Speaking and Listening; Language

National Standards Met:
• US History 5th-12th Grade: Era 9: Postwar United States (1945 to early 1970s); Era 10: Contemporary United States (1968-Present)
• Technology: Basic Operations and Concepts; Technology Communication Tools; Technology Research Tools