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Don Chandler, the placekicker and punter for the Packers' championship teams from 1965-67, passed away in Tulsa, Okla., after a battle with cancer. He was 76.

He played the first nine seasons of his 12-year NFL career with the Giants, reaching the NFL championship game six times in those nine seasons, with one title (in his rookie year of 1956). He handled both punting and placekicking duties with the Giants.

The Packers signed him to handle their kicking duties following the 1964 season and he kicked and punted three seasons with Green Bay, winning tities all three years, including the first two Super Bowls.

He is best known for his 25-yard field goal in overtime against the Baltimore Colts in 1965 to win the Western Conference at Lambeau Field.

Chandler holds the Packers' record for longest punt — with a 90-yard effort against the 49ers in ’65 — and most point-after tries made in a game — eight, in a 56-3 win over the Atlanta Falcons in ’66.

He led the Packers in scoring all three seasons and capped his career by being named to the Pro Bowl in 1967. He was inducted into the Packers' Hall of Fame in 1975.

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