Roy Gerela is a retired professional football player. He played in the National Football League from 1969 to 1979. He is best remembered for the time that he spent playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Gerela was a placekicker for the Steelers. A Canadian, he was born in Sarrail, Alberta.
Gerela stayed in Honolulu during his teenage years and attended Kelani High School. He decided to enter New Mexico State University where he played collegiate football. He went professional being picked by the Houston Oilers during the 1969 AFL Draft. He was picked during the fourth round of the draft. When the Oilers decided to join the NFL in 1970, Gerela continued to play for the team.
Before the start of the 1971 season, Gerela signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Gerela was very popular with the fans of the team. Gerela was the league frontrunner in scores from 1973 to 1974. He was named into the Pro Bowl in two instances: 1973 and 1975.
Gerela was part of the Super Bowl team for the Steelers during the Super Bowl XIII, Super Bowl IX and the Super Bowl X. The Steelers went on to win all three Super Bowls. Gerela was also named into the 50th season All-Time Team of the Steelers.
In 1979, Gerela played for the San Diego Chargers for a short time before retiring.
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