Medal record
Men's Athletics
Competitor for the Flag of the United States.svg.png United States
Olympic Games
Gold 1972 Munich 4x100m relay

Gerald Alexander Tinker (born January 19, 1951) is a former track athlete and American football player, winner of gold medal in the 4 x 100 metres relay at the 1972 Summer Olympics.

Early yearsEdit

Gerald Tinker attended Coral Gables High School in Miami, Florida where he excelled as a football and track athlete.


At the München Olympics, Gerald Tinker ran the third leg in the American 4 x 100 metres relay team, which won a gold medal and equalled the United States' own world record of 38.19.[1] Ironically[clarification needed], his cousin, Larry Black, also ran a leg in that same relay. Larry Black attended Miami Killian High School where he also was a track star. His school was a football rival of Coral Gables Senior High School that Gerald attended. Despite that, both teamed up to help win Olympic Gold.

NFL careerEdit

Gerald Tinker
No. 81, 82     
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1951-01-19) January 19, 1951 (age 69)
Place of birth: Miami, Florida
Career information
College: Kent State/Memphis
NFL Draft: 1974 / Round: 2 / Pick: 44
Debuted in 1974 for the [[{{{debutteam}}}]]
Last played in 1975 for the [[{{{finalteam}}}]]
Career history
Career highlights and awards
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Receptions     8
Receiving yards     133
Touchdowns     3
Stats at

After the Olympics, Tinker was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2nd round (44th overall) of the 1974 NFL Draft as wide receiver. He played for the Falcons (1974–1975) and the Green Bay Packers (1975).[2]


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