Packers kicker, Chandler, dead at 76

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on August 11, 2011 – 6:21 pm

Legendary Packers kicker Don Chandler, the man who is responsible for the height of NFL goal posts, has died at the age of 76.

Chandler kicked for the Packers for three seasons, 1965-67, following a nine-year career with the New York Giants. He is a member of the Packers’ Hall of Fame and the Giants’ Wall of Fame, but Chandler’s lasting fame is for a controversial field goal in the Packers’ 13-10, sudden-death overtime win over the Baltimore Colts in the 1965 Western Conference championship game. The Colts claimed Chandler’s kick, which tied the game with less than two minutes to play, was wide of the upright. The kick sailed high above the upright and the controversy led the NFL to extend the goal posts to their current height for the 1966 season. It’s affectionately known as the “Don Chandler Rule.”

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