Poor kickers. Nobody tends to remember the contributions of NFL kickers. It’s a rough deal. Especially once you consider that kickers tend to be remembered more for their failures than their successes. Gerela’s career is a mix of failures and successes. He ranks third on the Steelers all-time scoring list, but his career completion percentage hovers around the 60% mark which isn’t exactly awe-inspiring. Then again, when you happen to be the kicker on a Steelers dynasty that dominated most of the ‘70s, then you can usually get way with some less than stellar performances.
Following his departure from Pittsburgh in 1979, Gerela played three games for the Chargers before a torn groin muscle ended his career. He went on to help his son get drafted by the CFL and was last seen coaching high school football in 2012.