Don Macek played on the Chargers’ offensive line for his entire 14-year NFL career. He was part of the “Air Coryell” offense, one of the best offenses the league has ever seen. Though that offense featured plenty of razzle and dazzle, the offensive line of that era is often overlooked.
From 1981 to 1983, the Chargers’ offensive line allowed the least amount of sacks per pass attempt in the league. Macek was a big part of that.
Macek was drafted in the second round of the 1976 NFL Draft out of Boston College, originally as a guard for the Chargers. He would later slide over to the center position where he would remain a solid, consistent player for the team for many years.
If not for injuries keeping him out of several games across his career, he might find himself even higher on the list.
While centers are the furthest thing from flashy, they are essential to the overall flow of the offense. Macek embodied everything it means to be a great center in the NFL. His long tenure with the team is evidence of that.
Though he was never selected to the Pro Bowl, Macek is part of the Chargers’ Hall of Fame and was named a member of the organization’s 40th and 50th Anniversary teams.