Found this post while trying to further enlighten myself on the meaning of Free Darko. Glad to see Gale Sayers mentioned because he was the first Free Darko player that popped into my head. I was too young to see him play, but we had his book I Am Third when I was a kid. Bill Cosby wrote the intro and recounted a play where Sayers split in two to get around the defense. To this day, that line sticks in my head.