The Washington Redskins honored Hungarian-born former NFL kickers Pete and Charlie Gogolak on Sunday, October 16 with a special halftime ceremony on the field that included the presentation of a customized Redskins jersey to Charlie Gogolak and the presentation of the official game day football to Pete Gogolak. Hungarian Minister of National Development Dr. Miklós Seszták, Hungarian Ambassador Dr. Réka Szemerkényi, 56er and Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister of Hungary Dr. Jenő Megyesy, and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Hungarian National Assembly Zsolt Németh were also in attendance and presented the Gogolak brothers with a gift on behalf of the Government of Hungary.

The Gogolak brothers, who escaped Communist oppression at the ages of 12 and fourteen only a few days after Soviet tanks rolled into Budapest and brutally oppressed the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, a student-led uprising against the Communist-installed government, settled in New York and went on to introduce “soccer style” kicking to the NFL. Prior to the Gogolaks’ introduction of soccer style kicking, NFL kickers were predominantly lineman who kicked “straight on.”

After an accomplished college careers at Princeton and Cornell Universities,’ where Charlie Gogolak broke the NCAA mark set by his brother Pete for the most consecutive made extra points at 50 – Princeton Coach Dick Coleman was said to have once remarked “All of our coaches have standing orders to stay away from Gogolak. We have nothing to teach him” – Charlie Gogolak was drafted sixth overall by the Washington Redskins in 1966, the first time in NFL history a placekicker was selected in the first round.

Kicking for the Redskins from 1966-1969, Charlie Gogolak and his brother Pete (who remains the all-time leading scorer for the New York Giants with 646) set a new benchmark for placekicking in the NFL. As a rookie he ranked third in the NFL in scoring with 105 points on 22 field goals and 39 extra points. In a 1966 game in which the Washington Redskins and New York Giants combined for a still-NFL record 113 points in the Redskins 72-41 win, the Gogolak brothers together combined to tie an NFL record for most converted PATs in one game with 14.

Together, the Gogolak brothers went on to be featured in the 2009 NFL Films Documentary “Top Ten Things That Changed the Game.” Charlie Gogolak also went on to graduate with a law degree from George Washington University while kicking for the Redskins and pursued a successful career in finance after retiring from the NFL.

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