Today’s post celebrates the Happy Birthday anniversary of a Michigan Wolverine named Remy Hamilton. After an outstanding high school football career in Florida, Remy Hamilton opted to continue his education and his football at Michigan. Hamilton was a three-sport star in high school (football, soccer and tennis). He played quarterback, defensive back, punter and placekicker at Spanish River High School in Boca Raton, Florida. Coach Gary Moeller recruited Remy as a placekicker, but had to love his athleticism.
Remy Hamilton arrived in Ann Arbor in 1993. Remy did not earn the starting kicker’s job that season, but he did make one field goal in his only attempt. He did not earn a letter in his first year at Michigan.
Hamilton’s second year did not start off well in 1994 because Coach Moeller suspended him for violating team rules. Remy did not earn the starting kicker job while he was living in Gary Moeller’s “dog house.” However, Hamilton got a second chance and started the second game of the season at Notre Dame. Remy took advantage of his opportunity that day. He tied a Michigan record by kicking four field goals and added two extra points. His last field goal (42-yards) won the game with two seconds remaining. Hamilton earned Big Ten Special Team Player of the Week for his efforts. He was out of Coach Moeller’s “dog house” and it had to feel good!
Remy Hamilton went on to kick 21 more field goals in 1994. He totaled 25 for the 1994 season which set a Michigan record. His outstanding kicking percentage of eighty-three percent (25 out of 30) helped him earn All-American honors in 1994. He is still the first, and only, Michigan placekicker to earn All-American honors.
Hamilton was kicking for a new coach named Lloyd Carr in 1995. Remy continued to do a solid job as Michigan’s place kicker in his third season. He finished the season with 19 field goals, but his percentage drooped off. Like all kickers, he had his ups and downs in 1995. He made a big field goal in the rain to help beat Purdue by a score of 5-0. However, he missed a few that he would like to have back. Michigan finished the season with a final record of 9 wins and 4 losses and went 5-3-0 in the Big Ten.
Remy Hamilton returned for his final season in 1996. He already held a number of Michigan’s kicking records. So, Remy intended to increase his totals and help the Wolverines win as many games as possible. Once again, he made some really BIG kicks against Indiana and Ohio State, but missed some that he would like to forget. Hamilton finished the 1996 season with 18 field goals which increased his career total to a record-setting total of 63. This is still the second best career total in Michigan Football History. Michigan ended the 1996 campaign with a final record of 8 wins and 4 losses. For the fourth consecutive season, Michigan finished the Big Ten season with a record of 5 wins and 3 losses.
In addition to some impressive individual accomplishments, Remy Hamilton is connected to some interesting Michigan Football “firsts.” Check these out:
Yes, Remy Hamilton had an outstanding career at Michigan. His hard work and achievements on the field made him one of the best field goal kickers in Michigan Football History.
Happy Birthday Remy Hamilton and Go Blue!
Check out Remy’s memorable field goal by viewing a short video from the Michigan Football Report.
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