Chester Marcol

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Chester Marcol
Date of birth: (1949-10-24) October 24, 1949 (age 64)
Place of birth: Opole, Poland
Career information
Position(s): Placekicker
College: Hillsdale College
NFL Draft: 1972 / Round: 2/ Pick 34
Organizations
As player:
1972-1980
1980
Green Bay Packers
Houston Oilers
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls: 1972, 1974
Awards: 1972 NFC Rookie of the Year
Honors: Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame
Records: Green Bay Packers
Attempts, season- 48 (1972)
Field goals, season- 33 (1972)
Career stats
Playing stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Czesław Boleslaw "Chester" Marcol (born October 24, 1949 in Opole, Poland) was the placekicker for the Green Bay Packers from 1972 to 1980. He was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1987.

Early years[edit]

Marcol lived in Poland until the age of 14, when his father committed suicide, forcing Marcol's mother to send their family to the United States. He attended Imlay City High School in Michigan without much knowledge of the English language. In Poland, Marcol had great kicking abilities in soccer. His gym teacher discovered his talent and showed him the game of football. He attended Hillsdale College where he was named NAIA All-American and holds the record for longest field goal.[1]

NFL career[edit]

Marcol was selected by Green Bay Packers coach Dan Devine in the second round of the 1972 NFL Draft. He scored 128 points his rookie year, leading the league in scoring, and he was named NFC Rookie of the Year and All-Pro.[1]

He may best be known for his game-winning touchdown against the Chicago Bears on 7 September 1980. On opening day of the 1980 NFL season, the Packers were tied 6-6 with the Bears in overtime. A 32-yard pass from Lynn Dickey to James Lofton helped set up a 34-yard field goal attempt to win the game for the Packers. Marcol's kick was blocked and deflected straight back to him. He caught the ball, ran around the startled Bears, and was able to make it 25 yards into the end zone to give the Packers a 12-6 victory.[2] He later acknowledged that he was high on cocaine during the game's second half.[3]

Marcol was cut by head coach Bart Starr on 8 October 1980 following a rough game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Starr said Marcol was cut because of poor kickoffs, but Marcol felt it was because of his cocaine use.[4] He signed with the Houston Oilers when they came to Green Bay for a game on 14 December 1980. It was determined very late that week that Oilers kicker Toni Fritsch would be unable to play. Marcol was in Green Bay, so the Oilers claimed him off waivers. He kicked one field goal and made only one of three PATs in a 22-3 Houston win.[5] Marcol remained with the Oilers for the rest of the season, but did not play again due to Fritsch's return.[6]

Post-football years[edit]

On 14 February 1986, Marcol attempted suicide by drinking a mixture of battery acid, rat poison, and vodka,[7] which severely damaged his esophagus. To this day, he must have his esophagus stretched as treatment.[1]

Marcol is a resident of the Upper Peninsula community of Dollar Bay, Michigan. He has a wife and three children.[8] He slowly recovered from his addictions, but still suffers from hepatitis C and a heart condition. He works on weekends as a drug and alcohol abuse counselor near his home.

Marcol published a memoir in September 2011 entitled "Alive and Kicking: My Journey Through Football, Addiction and Life." He discusses his childhood, immigration to the United States, playing for the Packers, and his fall from grace.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Marcol still kickin' despite struggles by Gary D'Amato of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, posted 28 October 2002.
  2. ^ Cameron, Steve (1993). The Packers!. Dallas: Taylor Pub. Co. p. 158. ISBN 978-0-87833-133-8. 
  3. ^ Marcol, Chester (2011). Alive and Kicking. p. 94. 
  4. ^ Marcol, Chester (2011). Alive and Kicking. p. 97. 
  5. ^ Houston Oilers 22 at Green Bay Packers 3
  6. ^ Marcol, Chester (2011). Alive and Kicking. p. 103. 
  7. ^ Marcol, Chester (2011). Alive and Kicking. p. 125. 
  8. ^ Chester Marcol's claim to fame from weht.net posted 8 May 2001.