Classic Re-Write: Chip Lohmiller

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This article appeared in Minnesota's official game program on Nov. 7, 1987.

Chip Lohmiller made history in the Battle for Floyd of Rosedale. As junior in 1986, just one week after kicking the game-winning field goal at second-ranked Michigan, Lohmiller lined up for a 62-yard field goal against the Iowa Hawkeyes on November 22, 1986. Lohmiller's kick dropped just over the cross bar and resulted in a new school record.

One of the most prolific kickers in school history, Lohmiller currently ranks second on the school's career field goal mark with 57 from 1984-87. He holds the school's all-time record with a .760 field goal percentage. Lohmiller's 62-yard kick surpassed the old record of 57 held by Jim Gallery and Paul Rogind.

Lohmiller left the University and was drafted in the fifth round of the 1988 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He spent five seasons with the club and won a Super Bowl in 1991. He kicked three field goals in a 37-24 win over the Buffalo Bills in the same stadium he kicked in college. Lohmiller played in the NFL until 1996. He is currently the head coach at Pequot Lakes High School.

Here is the article from 1987:

It was November 22, 1986 that Chip Lohmiller kicked his way into the Minnesota Record book with the longest field goal in Minnesota history. That came against Iowa when he kicked a 62 yard field goal with no time remaining on the clock just before halftime.

As a prepster from nearby Woodbury High School in the Twin Cities, he earned two letters in football and three in golf. He also served as a sprinter for the track team and lettered in that sport as well. An all-around athlete, Chip played wide receiver and served as kicker for his high school squad. Chip gained All-Conference honors and was All-State as a senior. After completing his senior season at Woodbury, Chip received the Certificate of Athletic Achievement from the Suburban Area Chamber of Commerce. He recalls beating Stillwater in 1983 and counts that game as his most memorable moment from his prep days.

Chip credits his father for much of his success. He was his first coach and through the years he has continued to motivate him and help him during his hard times. Chip adds, "Mark Porter coached me in high school and has continued to be a good friend through the years."

Last season Chip gained first-team All-Big Ten honors for the Golden Gophers. This year's goal is to be a consistent kicker and adds, "I would like to repeat as an All-Big Ten kicker and possibly go on and give professional football a try when I'm done playing for the Gophers. But for now I'm happy to be able to play for my home state institution."

"Everything at the college level is quicker and more precise, you have to know what is going on at all times or you will be lost. Competition is the big word in college football," says the senior. "It seems that as I go through the seasons, I've learned to understand what is expected of me. I'm a veteran now and during this final year, I've been trying to get the underclassmen to understand what college football is all about," Over the years, Chip has learned to lead by example.

As Chip prepares himself for his last two home games, he looks at his teammates and says, "I will never forget all the friends I've met and all the exciting games that I participated in during my career at Minnesota. It has all been worth it."

During my four years here I would have to say that beating Michigan at Michigan last year has been one of the fondest memories in my life."

As the senior gets ready to tee it up for the Maroon and Gold this afternoon, he says, "Coach Gutekunst has done a tremendous job of bringing the team together and taking the program to a level which I have enjoyed being associated with."

"I feel that as a kicker our facilities at the University of Minnesota are as good as there is in the nation."

When asked by he chose to stay home and walk on the University of Minnesota squad, Chip replied, "I wanted to play in my home state and play at the Division I level. I liked the idea of playing in the dome and being supported by the home state crowd. Playing for the Golden Gophers has always been a dream of mine and I will always cherish the memories."

Chip is looking forward to graduating from the School of Management and the possibility of kicking in the professional ranks.

Two weeks ago, Chip established another record in his illustrious career. In the second quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes, Chip kicked a 33-yard field goal that gave him the U of M record for most field goals in a career. He broke the old record of 44.

Lohmiller already has earned his way in the U of M record books several times and now would like to see nothing more than a victory for his team this afternoon against Michigan.