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.
Hasmilton’s second year did not start off well in 1994. Coach Moeller had suspended him for violating team rules. Remy did earn the starting kicker job while he was oliving 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. The Wolverines ended the Big Ten season with a final record of 5 wins and 3 losses.
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 Indian 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:
- Remy Hamilton played in the first game ever against Colorado State in 1994.
- Hamilton is the first, and only, Michigan placekicker to kick four field goals in three different games in one season (1994).
- Remy Hamilton is the first, and only, Michigan kicker to total 25 field goals in one season in 1994.
- Hamilton is the first, and only, Michigan placekicker to earn All-American honors (1994).
- Hamilton played on Lloyd Carrâ€™s first Michigan Football team in 1995.
- Remy Hamilton is the first Michigan placekicker to kick 63 field goals in a career.
- Hamilton was the first Michigan placekicker with over 80 kicks to average 76 percent on his made kicks (.768).
Thank you, Remy Hamilton, for your outstanding contributions to Michigan football. Your hard work and achievements on the field helped to make Michigan Football the winningest program in college football. Happy Birthday Remy Hamilton and Go Blue!
Check out Remy’s memorable field goal by viewing a short video from Dr. Sap’s amazing Maize and Blue archives.