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Roy Gerela

PositionK
Number10
Birth DateApril 2, 1948(age 66)
Sarrail, Alberta, Canada
Debutyear1969
Finalyear1979
Draftyear1969
Draftround4
Draftpick96
CollegeNew Mexico State
Teams * Houston Oilers (1969-1970) * Pittsburgh Steelers (1971-1978) * San Diego Chargers (1979)
NflGER249174
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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Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl IX Champions

5 Terry Hanratty * 10 Roy Gerela * 12 Terry Bradshaw * 17 Joe Gilliam * 20 Rocky Bleier * 22 Richard Conn * 23 Mike Wagner * 24 J. T. Thomas * 25 Ron Shanklin * 26 Preston Pearson * 27 Glen Edwards * 31 Donnie Shell * 32 Franco Harris (MVP) * 33 John Fuqua * 34 Andy Russell * 35 Steve Davis * 38 Ed Bradley * 39 Bobby Walden * 43 Frank Lewis * 45 Jim Allen * 46 Reggie Harrison * 47 Mel Blount * 50 Jim Clack * 51 Loren Toews * 52 Mike Webster * 54 Marv Kellum * 55 Jon Kolb * 56 Ray Mansfield * 57 Sam Davis * 58 Jack Lambert * 59 Jack Ham * 62 Jim Wolf * 63 Ernie Holmes * 64 Steve Furness * 68 L. C. Greenwood * 71 Gordon Gravelle * 72 Gerry Mullins * 73 Rick Druschel * 74 Dave Reavis * 75 Joe Greene * 77 Charlie Davis * 78 Dwight White * 82 John Stallworth * 84 Randy Grossman * 86 Reggie Garrett * 87 Larry Brown * 88 Lynn Swann * 89 John McMakin

Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl X Champions

5 Terry Hanratty * 10 Roy Gerela * 12 Terry Bradshaw * 17 Joe Gilliam * 20 Rocky Bleier * 23 Mike Wagner * 24 J. T. Thomas * 27 Glen Edwards * 31 Donnie Shell * 32 Franco Harris * 33 John Fuqua * 34 Andy Russell * 36 Dave Brown * 38 Ed Bradley * 39 Bobby Walden * 43 Frank Lewis * 44 Mike Collier * 45 Jim Allen * 46 Reggie Harrison * 47 Mel Blount * 50 Jim Clack * 51 Loren Toews * 52 Mike Webster * 54 Marv Kellum * 55 Jon Kolb * 56 Ray Mansfield * 57 Sam Davis * 58 Jack Lambert * 59 Jack Ham * 63 Ernie Holmes * 64 Steve Furness * 68 L. C. Greenwood * 71 Gordon Gravelle * 72 Gerry Mullins * 74 Dave Reavis * 75 Joe Greene * 76 John Banaszak * 78 Dwight White * 82 John Stallworth * 84 Randy Grossman * 86 Reggie Garrett * 87 Larry Brown * 88 Lynn Swann (MVP)

Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XIII Champions

5 Craig Colquitt * 10 Roy Gerela * 12 Terry Bradshaw (MVP) * 15 Mike Kruczek * 18 Cliff Stoudt * 20 Rocky Bleier * 21 Tony Dungy * 23 Mike Wagner * 24 J. T. Thomas * 25 Ray Oldham * 29 Ron Johnson * 30 Larry Anderson * 31 Donnie Shell * 32 Franco Harris * 35 Jack Deloplaine * 38 Sidney Thornton * 39 Rick Moser * 47 Mel Blount * 51 Loren Toews * 52 Mike Webster * 53 Dennis Winston * 55 Jon Kolb * 56 Robin Cole * 57 Sam Davis * 58 Jack Lambert * 59 Jack Ham * 64 Steve Furness * 65 Tom Beasley * 66 Ted Petersen * 67 Gary Dunn * 68 L. C. Greenwood * 69 Fred Anderson * 72 Gerry Mullins * 74 Ray Pinney * 75 Joe Greene * 76 John Banaszak * 77 Steve Courson * 78 Dwight White * 79 Larry Brown * 82 John Stallworth * 83 Theo Bell * 84 Randy Grossman * 86 Jim Smith * 87 Jim Mandich * 88 Lynn Swann * 89 Bennie Cunningham



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