Czesław Bolesław "Chester" Marcol (born October 24, 1949 in Opole, Poland) is a former professional American football player. A placekicker for the Green Bay Packers from 1972 to 1980, he was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1987.
|Born:||October 24, 1949|
|NFL draft||1972 / Round: 2/ Pick 34|
|1972–1980||Green Bay Packers|
|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)
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.
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.
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 left end and was able to make it 25 yards into the end zone to give the Packers a 12-6 victory. He later acknowledged that he was high on cocaine during the game's second half.
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. 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. Marcol remained with the Oilers for the rest of the season, but did not play again due to Fritsch's return.
Marcol is a resident of the Upper Peninsula community of Dollar Bay, Michigan. He has a wife and three children. 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.
The 1972 Green Bay Packers season was their 54th season overall and their 52nd season in the National Football League. The club posted a 10–4 record under second-year head coach Dan Devine, earning them the NFC Central division title. The Packers returned to the playoffs after a four-year drought; their most recent division title was in 1967, completing that postseason with a decisive win in Super Bowl II in January 1968.
In 1972, Green Bay entered the penultimate regular season game at Minnesota on December 10 with an 8–4 record. The Vikings (7–5) had won the season's earlier game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay by breaking a fourth quarter tie with two interceptions for touchdowns. This time, the Packers overcame a 7–0 halftime deficit at Metropolitan Stadium with 23 unanswered points to clinch the division title. Running back John Brockington became the first in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons, and did it again the following season.
Placekicker Chester Marcol established an NFL rookie record for field goals in a season (since broken). It was the fifteenth and final season of hall of fame linebacker Ray Nitschke.
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