Four years ago, I stood on the Packers sideline in Lambeau Field as the public address announcer introduced a former Packers player whose moment of immortality in Packers lore had been included in a top 10 list of all-time plays.
On that day, the Packers were honoring the plays and the players who made them.
His name – Chester Marcol; his play – a touchdown run on a blocked field goal that was deflected back to him by Alan Page, the longtime Viking who was finishing his career in a Bears uniform.
What made the play so special was the fact that it was the only touchdown of his career and was the game-winner against the Bears.
A half year later Marcol’s life had spun out of control and he had been cut by the team.
Ironically, a new book, “Alive and Kicking: My Journey Through Football, Addiction and Life,” about Marcol, authored by one of my favorite sportswriters, Gary D’Amato, is being released just after Bears week.
While it was one of the most remarkable wins by the Packers over the Bears, Marcol’s play stands right up there with the instant replay game in Packers-Bears lore.
And of course there’s more to this unique story, but I won’t wreck it for you. Check out the excerpt from the book at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, or better yet, go out and get a copy of the book.
The book is due to be published Sept. 28. To purchase a copy and for a schedule of future book signings, go to www.kcisports.com or call 800-697-3756.
Marcol is a unique individual who was one of the most successful kickers in Packers history. My guess is this will be one Packers book well worth the price.