Mac Percival

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Mac Percival
Date of birth: (1940-02-26) February 26, 1940 (age 74)
Place of birth: Vernon, Texas
Career information
Position(s): Kicker
College: Texas Tech
Organizations
As player:
1967-1973
1974
Chicago Bears
Dallas Cowboys
Career stats
Playing stats at NFL.com

Mac L. Percival (born February 26, 1940 in Vernon, Texas) is a former American football placekicker in the National Football League from (1967-1974). Entered the NFL as a walk on player with the Dallas Cowboys. He played for the Chicago Bears for seven seasons before re-joining the Dallas Cowboys during the 1974 season. During his tenure with the Bears, he scored 456 points.[1] He is also the last Bears kicker to make five field goals in a game, which he accomplished against the Philadelphia Eagles on October 10, 1968 in a 29-16 win.[2]

Free Kick[edit]

In 1968, the Bears were facing the Green Bay Packers. With :26 remaining in the game with the score tied at 10-10, Bears returner Cecil Turner fair-caught a Packers punt at the Packers 43-yard line. The Bears decided to kick the game-winning kick as a fair catch kick, which has rarely been done before. Percival was able to make the 43-yarder to win the game. The kick was Percival's second game-winner, as he kicked a 47-yarder with :03 left against their rival in Minnesota to give the Bears a 26-24 win at Wrigley Field the week before.[1]

4 years later, in 1972 against the Houston Oilers, Percival once again attempted a free kick. However, this time, the kick, which was 50 yards, missed. The Bears still won 20-17.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mayer, Larry (2012-03-09). "Bears shocked Packers with last-minute free kick". Chicagobears.com. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  2. ^ Mayer, Larry. "Percival gave Bears a high five". Chicagobears.com. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  3. ^ Pierson, Don (Aug. 11, 1972). "Bears defeat Oilers 20-17". Chicago Tribune, p. c1.

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Preceded by
Roger LeClerc
Chicago Bears Kickers
1967-1973
Succeeded by
Mirro Roder