Gerald Tinker
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1972 Munich 4x100 m 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 years

Gerald Tinker attended Coral Gables Senior High School in Coral Gables, Florida, where he excelled as a football and track athlete. In 1967, Tinker, along with quarterback Craig Curry and Bertram Taylor, was part of an all-black backfield at the previously all-white school. The team was rated the team of the century by the FHSAA.[1]


At the 1972 Summer 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.[2] 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 career

Gerald Tinker
No. 81, 82
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1951-01-19) January 19, 1951 (age 72)
Miami, Florida
Career information
High school:Coral Gables Senior
(Coral Gables, Florida)
College:Kent State/Memphis
NFL Draft:1974 / Round: 2 / Pick: 44
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:133
Player 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).[3]


  1. ^ "Ghosts of the Orange Bowl: Nick Kotys". August 8, 2009. Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  2. ^ "Gerald Tinker Bio and Stats". Online Database. Sports Reference. Archived from the original on September 9, 2011. Retrieved October 28, 2011.
  3. ^ "Gerald Tinker NFL & AFL Statistics". Online Database. Pro Football Reference. Retrieved October 28, 2011.