|Date of birth:||January 9, 1940|
|Place of birth:||Santa Monica, California|
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Michael Theodore Gaechter (born January 9, 1940 in Santa Monica, California) is a former American football safety in the National Football League who spent his entire career with the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at the University of Oregon.
Gaechter was signed by the Dallas Cowboys in 1962 as an undrafted free agent. He became the starting left cornerback as a rookie, and in that same season, the Cowboys became the first NFL team in history to produce two 100-yard plays in the same game: a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown by Gaechter and a 101-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by running back Amos Marsh. His interception return was a franchise record that was broken by Bryan McCann 48 years later in 2010.
Gaechter had been a mainstay on the Cowboys defense for most of the 1960s, but he ruptured his achilles tendon in the 1969 NFL's Playoff Bowl, playing against the Los Angeles Rams. He would never play again, after eight seasons and 21 interceptions during his time in Dallas.
Gaechter was released before the 1971 season started.
- ↑ http://cf.clark.edu/Athletics/hall_of_fame_bio.cfm?ID=13
- ↑ http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=obJeAAAAIBAJ&sjid=4S8MAAAAIBAJ&pg=6342,1095300&dq=mike-gaechter&hl=en
- ↑ http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/news.cfm?id=76BB7174-C56C-26C0-31BC6B43D54204AC
- ↑ http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=aJwkAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Dp8FAAAAIBAJ&pg=3472,1529741&dq=mike-gaechter&hl=en