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Roy Gerela

Birth DateApril 2, 1948(age 67)
Sarrail, Alberta, Canada
CollegeNew Mexico State
Teams * Houston Oilers (1969-1970) * Pittsburgh Steelers (1971-1978) * San Diego Chargers (1979)
Highlights * Pro Bowl selection (1973 and 1975) * Super Bowl IX, X, XIII Champion

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Roy Gerela (born April 2, 1948, Sarrail, Alberta) is a former American football placekicker best known for his years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, with whom he won three Super Bowl rings.

Gerela graduated from Kalani High School in Honolulu, and played college football at New Mexico State University. He was selected in the fourth round of the 1969 AFL Draft by the Houston Oilers and played for them in the American Football League in 1969, as well as their first NFL season of 1970. He signed with the Steelers before the 1971 season, and quickly became popular with Steelers fans, inspiring a fan club, "Gerela's Gorillas." He led the AFC in scoring in 1973 and 1974, and was named to the Pro Bowl in 1973 and 1975.

Gerela was a member of the Steelers' Super Bowl championship teams in 1973-74, 1974 75, and 1978 79, but was released by the Steelers before the 1979-80 season in favor of Matt Bahr. He appeared in three games for the San Diego Chargers in 1979 before a torn groin muscle ended his career. Since his playing career ended, Gerela has worked as both a high school and college assistant football coach.

In 1993, his son Ted Gerela was drafted in the 7th round of the CFL Draft as a linebacker out of Rocky Mountain College.

Gerela ranks third on the Steelers' all-time scoring list, behind Gary Anderson and Jeff Reed.

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