Ted Gerela

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Ted Gerela
Born:March 12, 1944
Sarrail, Alberta, Canada
Died:July 16, 2020(2020-07-16) (aged 76)
Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada
Career information
Position(s) Kicker
College Washington State University
Career history
As player
1967–1973 British Columbia Lions
Awards1967 - Dr. Beattie Martin Trophy
1968 - Dave Dryburgh Memorial Trophy

Theodore Gerela (March 12, 1944 – July 16, 2020) was an award-winning kicker in the Canadian Football League.

Life

Gerela, a graduate of Washington State University joined the British Columbia Lions in 1967 and played with them for 7 seasons. Though he was a versatile player (rushing 16 times, catching 13 passes and making 2 interceptions, as well as punting one season) he was unique in that he was primarily a kicking specialist. Previously, most kickers played another primary position. While not accurate by later standards (he only made 123 of 271 field goal attempts) he had a strong leg and regularly made field goals of 50 plus yards. [1] He won the Dr. Beattie Martin Trophy as best rookie in the Western Conference in 1967.

Most notably, in 1968 he hit 30 field goals, which was a record for any professional league. He also won the conference scoring title, ushering in the era of the kicking specialist. All-Star selections were not made for kickers during his career. As of 2011, his 570 points was still 3rd highest in Lions' history. [2]

Gerela came from a particularly gifted family. His brothers were also professional kickers; Roy Gerela with the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers and Metro Gerela briefly with the Montreal Alouettes (Metro is enshrined in the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame.) In 1993, his son, Ted Gerela, was drafted in the 7th round of the 1993 CFL Draft by the BC Lions as a linebacker from Rocky Mountain College.

Gerala died July 16, 2020 from cancer. [3] [4]

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References

  1. CFLAPEDIA entry: Ted Gerela
  2. 2010 BC Lions Media Guide
  3. "Former B.C. Lions kicker Ted Gerela passes away at the age of 76" . Retrieved July 21, 2020.