Don Chandler, a graduate of Tulsa Will Rogers in Tulsa, played football at the University of Florida before being drafted in the fifth round by the New York Giants in 1956. Chandler, a kicker and punter, played for the Giants from 1956-1964 and the Green Bay Packers from 1965-1967.
He led the NFL in average yards per punt with 44.6 yards in 1957 and led the league with a field goal percentage of 67.9 percent on 19 of 28 attempts in 1962. Chandler still holds the record for most field goals scored in a Super Bowl with four in the 1968 Super Bowl against the Oakland Raiders, clinching the championship for the Packers.
Chandler helped Vince Lombardi’s teams win Super Bowls I and II. He holds the modern day record for the NFL’s longest punt, 90 yards against San Francisco in 1965. He was named to the All Pro team in 1967.
He took his place among the greats of the game when he was inducted into the Packer Hall of Fame in 1975, along with tight end Ron Kramer, defensive end Willie Davis, guards Jerry Kramer and Fuzzy Thurston and coach Lombardi. Chandler was selected as the premier punter for the decade in the 1960s. In 2002, he was named to the Oklahoman’s Oklahoma Team of the Century and in 2003 to the Tulsa World’s list of Oklahoma’s Greatest Athletes.
Chandler is a member of the University of Florida’s Hall of Fame, the New York Giants Wall of Fame.