Role American football player
|Name Bert Rechichar|
NFL Pro Bowl 1955, 1956, 1957
|Born July 16, 1930 (age 85)
Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania (1930-07-16) |
NFL Draft 1952 / Round 1 / Pick 10
1952 1953-1959 1960 1961 NFL Cleveland Browns NFL Baltimore Colts NFL Pittsburgh Steelers AFL New York Titans
Positions Defensive back, Placekicker
Education University of Tennessee
Bert Rechichar: Football Defensive Back and Kicker
Albert Daniel (Bert) Rechichar (born July 16, 1930) is a former American football defensive back and kicker who played with the National Football League's Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers from 1952 to 1960, and the American Football League's New York Titans in 1961. Rechichar was drafted by the Browns in the 1952 NFL Draft out of Tennessee.
Rechichar held the record for the longest field goal (56 yards), having broken the previous unofficial record of 55 yards (set by drop kick by Paddy Driscoll in 1924) in a game against the Chicago Bears on September 27, 1953. Rechichar's record stood until Tom Dempsey booted a 63-yarder in 1970; since then, at least 12 others have kicked field goals of 60 yards or more, and many others have kicked field goals of 56 yards or longer.
Rechichar also played as an outfielder in the farm system of the Cleveland Indians, reaching as high as Reading in the then-Class A Eastern League.