Don Macek

Graduating class of 1972



Don Macek was the center for the San Diego Chargers for 14 seasons and was a starter for 13 of those seasons. He ranks fourth on San Diego's all-time seasons and games (160) played. He was the 31st player selected in the 1976 NFL Draft and was named to the all-rookie team in 1976. Macek was named alternate to the AFC Pro Bowl Squad three times. He anchored an offensive line that ranked #1 in the NFL from 1981-83 for fewest sacks allowed. He was part of the Air Coryell unit that led the NFL in total offense eight out of nine years. He played in nine NFL playoff games including two AFC Championship Games in 1980 and 1981. Macek was a three-year starter and All-East selection for Boston College. He was selected to play in the East-West Shrine game, Hula Bowl, and College All-Star game after his senior year in 1976. He was also inducted into the Boston College Hall of Fame in 1990. Macek was a four-year varsity football starter at Manchester Central High School. He played on Central's 1971 championship team his junior year. He was selected honorable mention All-State as a sophomore, and as a junior and senior was selected first team All-State both on offense and defense. Macek lettered three years in varsity basketball and played in the state championship games in both his junior and senior years. In 1989, Macek was an inaugural inductee into Manchester's Queen City Hall of Fame. Don resides in Escondido, CA with his wife Jan and their three children - Scott, 15; Lindsay, 13; and Jenna, 8.