Chris Gardocki

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Chris Gardocki
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Chris Gardocki in 2006.
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Personal information
Born: (1970-02-07) February 7, 1970 (age 49)
Stone Mountain, Georgia
Career information
High school:Stone Mountain (GA) Redan
NFL Draft:1991 / Round: 3 / Pick: 78
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Punting yards:50,336
Yards per punt:42.8
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Christopher Allen Gardocki (born February 7, 1970) is a former punter in the National Football League. Gardocki played for the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns, and Pittsburgh Steelers from 1991 to 2006. He was a member of the Steelers Super Bowl XL championship team, beating the Seattle Seahawks.

Early career[edit]

Gardocki played as the quarterback, kicker, and punter for Redan High School in Stone Mountain, Georgia. He declared for the NFL after his junior year at Clemson University.

Professional career[edit]

Through the end of the 2006 NFL regular season, Gardocki holds the NFL record for most consecutive punts (1,177 for his career) with no blocks. Gardocki averaged a career-best 45.7 yards per punt for the Colts in 1996 and was selected for the Pro Bowl. After playing for both AFC North rivals Cleveland and Pittsburgh, Gardocki was released by the Steelers on May 23, 2007, less than a month after the team selected Baylor punter Daniel Sepulveda in the 2007 NFL Draft.

Gardocki is best remembered by some for an incident while playing for the Browns in a 2000 game against the Steelers in Cleveland Browns Stadium. After being tackled by Steelers linebacker Joey Porter following a punt that left Gardocki briefly motionless (Porter would be penalized for roughing the punter), Gardocki flipped the middle finger twice to Steelers head coach Bill Cowher. The incident, caught on live television, resulted in a $5,000 fine for Gardocki.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to his wife, Sally, and has a son, Cole. In 1997, his wife Sally, an attorney and author, wrote a book titled "The Wives Room", which provided a behind-the-scenes look at the life of an NFL wife, both donate time to several non-profit organizations including the Boys and Girls Club and the Taste of the NFL, and have regularly served turkey dinners to area residents during the holidays. In 1995 Gardocki had a son, Cole. Cole was born and raised on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

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