Over the next few weeks we will be looking back on some Redskins greats for their heroics on the field as well as off of it. We kickoff this week’s segment with Redskins.com intern James Ho looking back on Chip Lohmiller’s seven-year stint in our Nation’s Capital.
Looking at the Washington Redskins current 90-man roster at the onset Offseason Team Activities (OTAs), it appears that the team is satisfied with its personnel at at least one position–kicker.
As of now, Kai Forbath is the only kicker on the Redskins roster and based on his performance last season and the lack of any competition for the record-setter, it may be safe to say the coaching staff is comfortable with the kicking situation.
It has been quite a while since the team has had any sort of comfort at the position. In fact, most Redskins fans will have to think back about 20 years to the days of Chip Lohmiller to find the last time the Redskins had a franchise kicker.
Lohmiller was drafted by the Redskins 55th overall in the second round of 1988 NFL Draft and kicked for the burgundy and gold for seven seasons.
While the majority of kickers either get taken in the later rounds of the draft or get excluded from the annual extravaganza (Forbath included) the Redskins knew that Lohmiller merited the late selection of the second round.
With Redskins great Mark Moseley gone from the game and four different kickers taking a stab at being the Burgundy and Gold’s go-to boot during the team’s second Lombardi Trophy campaign, the franchise knew that value that a kicker can have on the success of a team.
Plus with guys like Art Monk and Ricky Sanders in town, you knew the Redskins need a player who would have no trouble tacking on extra points.
During his career with the Redskins, Lohmiller posted a 74.1 percent field goal percentage, was 98.1 percent on PAT’s and scored 787 total points, which at the time was an NFL record for the most by any player in seven years.
Lohmiller had arguably his best season in 1991. Redskins fans may remember the Monday Night game against the Dallas Cowboys where No. 8 sparked a Redskins comeback victory with four 45+-yard field goals.
Later that season in Super Bowl XXVI, he hit two key field goals to help the Redskins defeat the Bills for the franchises third Super Bowl.
Lohmiller was named a Pro Bowler and All-Pro at the conclusion of the ’91 season after nailing a league-high 31 field goals, 56 extra points, and 149 total tallies.
Coming out of the University of Minnesota, Lohmiller wasn’t built like your typical kicker. He stood at 6’3 and weighed in at 215 pounds and was a multi-sport athlete in high school having competed in track, baseball, basketball, hockey and golf.
His athletic versatility was put on full display during the 1993 Washington Capitals Skills Competition. The kicker won the hardest shot competition recording a shot speed of 94.3 mph, which was more than any of the Capitals players who participated.
Contrary to most past and present NFL kickers, the former Gopher always had a great reputation on the team of being more than just a “kicker” and always made it a point to constantly be productive during practice.
“We (himself and former punter Ralf Mojsiejenko) don’t leave early,” Lohmiller said in 1990 Washington Times article. “As long as the team is on the field, we’re either going to be lifting weights or running or doing some other kind of productive thing. We’re not going to cheat the rest of the team.”
Only time will tell if the Redskins have the next Chip Lohmiller in Kai Forbath, but there is no doubting the value of great kicker and that players such as Lohmiller deserve to be remembered for their contributions to the franchise.
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