Today’s post celebrates a Happy Birthday wish for a Wolverine named Dick Vidmer. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Richard F. “Dick” Vidmer was born on this day in 1944. He grew up to be an excellent quarterback at Hempfield High School in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Vidmer had offers from many top schools. Ultimately, Vidmer decided he wanted to play football for Bump Elliott’s Michigan Wolverines.
Dick Vidmer arrived in Ann Arbor in 1964. Freshman didn’t play on the varsity in the Sixties, but Dick practiced with the first-year players and did everything he could to get ready for a spot on the varsity in 1965. Unfortunately, Vidmer broke his leg in practice. Sadly, it was an injury that would limit him for the rest of his career.
Even though he wasn’t back to the player he once was, Vidmer started three games in 1965. He completed 31 of 66 passes for 454 yards and one touchdown. Dick earned his first varsity letter, but Michigan finished the 1965 season with a record of 4 wins and 6 losses. The Wolverines posted 2 victories and 5 defeats in conference play and ended up in a tie for seventh place.
The 1966 season turned out better for Dick Vidmer and Michigan. The Wolverines won 6 and lost 4. They finished with a record of 4-3-0 in the conference which tied them for third place. Vidmer started 9 of 10 games and enjoyed his best season in 1966. In fact, it was a record-setting season for the talented quarterback from Pennsylvania. Dick completed 117 of 225 passes for 1,611 yards and ten touchdowns. In addition to being a pretty good quarterback, Vidmer was also a very smart guy. So, it was no surprise that he earned Academic All-American honors in 1966.
Dick Vidmer was back for his senior season in 1967, but he only started four games. Dick was a little off his game that year and so were the Wolverines. He lost his starting job to Dennis Brown and Michigan lost more games than it won. The Wolverines ended the season with a final record of 4 wins and 6 losses. They posted a 3-4-0 record in the conference and ended up in a tie for 5th place.
Dick Vidmer has a solid career at Michigan. He earned three varsity letters and won the Arthur Robinson Scholarship Award for his outstanding work on the field and in the classroom in 1967. Here are some “firsts” that connect Dick Vidmer to Michigan Football:
· Dick Vidmer played in the first game ever played against North Carolina in 1965. The Wolverines lost by a score of 7-21.
· Vidmer was also the first Michigan quarterback to throw for over 250 yards in a single game against Oregon State on September 17, 1966. He completed 12 of 18 passes for 258 yards in a 41-0 Michigan victory.
· Dick Vidmer was the first Wolverine signal caller to throw for 1,611 yards in one season in 1966.
· Vidmer was the first quarterback in Michigan Football History to throw 225 passes and complete 117 of them in 1966.
· Dick Vidmer was the first Michigan quarterback to total 2,400 passing yards in a career from 1965 to 1967.
Today is a good day to remember the accomplishments of Dick Vidmer at Michigan. After graduation, he went on to enjoy a successful career in public service. According to the article linked below, Mr. Vidmer is not in great health. Please take a moment to appreciate his contributions to the great history of Michigan Football and say a little prayer for him too! Once again, Happy Birthday Dick Vidmer! Go Blue!