Booth Lusteg

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Booth Lusteg
Date of birth (1939-05-08)May 8, 1939
Place of birth New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Date of death July 12, 2012(2012-07-12)
Place of death Plantation, Florida, United States
Career information
Position(s) K
College Connecticut
Career history
As player
1965 New Bedford Sweepers [1] (ACFL)
1966 Buffalo Bills
1967 Miami Dolphins
1968 Pittsburgh Steelers
1969 Green Bay Packers
1974 Portland Storm (WFL)
Career stats

Gerald Booth Lusteg (May 8, 1939 – July 12, 2012)[2] was a placekicker in the National Football League who played for the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers.[3] Lusteg played collegiate baseball for the University of Connecticut and played football professionally for 4 seasons. He retired in 1969.[2] He came out of retirement in 1974 and played one season for the Portland Storm. In 1976 he was signed to the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but was released after the first preseason game.

Lusteg, who at the time was an unsuccessful actor,[4] first played football for the New Bedford Sweepers of the Atlantic Coast Football League. After the Bills lost kicker Pete Gogolak, Lusteg was one of nearly 100 people who applied to replace him. Lusteg was one of the only players with kicking experience out of the group: his top two competitors were a German bricklayer and a one-armed cyclops.[4] At the time of the tryout, Gerald Lusteg took on the identity of his younger brother Wallace, who had graduated from Boston College, to shave four years off his perceived age. Using the nickname "Booth", Lusteg was able to pass as four years under his actual age for years, including adopting Boston College as his alma mater (he had not kicked or even played football in college, so he never ran into a challenge to his career).

Lusteg died on July 12, 2012 after suffering from lung cancer for three years.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Pro Football Archives". Retrieved 28 November 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Booth Lusteg Statistics". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved March 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Packers.com - Booth Lusteg". Packers.com. Retrieved January 7, 2009. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b Buffalo Bills. Sports Illustrated (1966-09-12). Retrieved 2011-05-16.
  5. ^ Early Dolphins kicker G. Booth Lusteg dies at 73. Miami Herald, July 18, 2012