Commentary

Catching up with ... Remy Hamilton

Kicker sealed place in Michigan lore with game-winning boot against Notre Dame

Updated: September 23, 2011, 12:16 PM ET
By Chantel Jennings | WolverineNation

Editor's note: Catching Up With is a periodic series in which WolverineNation will interview past Michigan players about their playing days and what they're up to now. This installment features former kicker Remy Hamilton.

Remy Hamilton was the Wolverines' field goal kicker from 1993-95. Over those seasons he was 38-of-49, but he is still best known for his game-winning field goal against No. 3 Notre Dame in 1994. Hamilton made a 42-yard field goal to pull No. 6 Michigan ahead, 26-24.

Hamilton still owns the top spot for most field goals made in a season (25), earned during the 1994 season, and he's second only to Garrett Rivas for most field goals made during a player's career, 63.

[+] EnlargeRemy Hamilton
AP Photo/Joe RaymondRemy Hamilton and his teammates celebrate his game-winning kick against Notre Dame in 1994.
Q: What have you been up to since you graduated from the University of Michigan?
RH: I just finished my football career. I played 12 years between the arena league and the NFL, mostly arena league. I just finished with the Dallas Vigilantes. I started out in Grand Rapids for two years, a year with the Carolina Cobras, a year with the Milwaukee Mustangs, seven years with the Los Angeles Avengers, and between that time I was in three different NFL camps -- the Seahawks, the Bears, two years with the Rams and then I caught on with the Lions in '05 for one regular season game, and was there for four or five practice squad weeks. Then I finished with that, played for L.A. one more year, played one year for the Dallas Desperados, then I just played for the Dallas Vigilantes.

Q: Wow, you've been moving around a lot. Where are you now?
RH: We're based now here in Dallas. My wife is from Oklahoma, and we live right outside of Dallas.

Q: What's more exciting, playing in the Arena Football League or playing in the Big House?
RH: Definitely playing at the Big House; it's much more exciting. Arena football, you're more involved, because there's a lot more scoring, so there's a lot more kicking and a lot more extra points, kickoffs and more field goals. You get more involved in tackles. But I don't think I've ever had the sort of feeling I had playing at the Big House.

Q: Other than your pro football career, what have you been doing?
RH: Started a company, it's called Your Football Network, where me and a couple ex-NFL guys train and mentor kids in school, aged K-12. I've started doing some personal training.

Q: What made you want to start Your Football Network?
RH: What made me want to start is that I started coaching my son's teams, and I became friends with some of the parents, and I realized that's what's missing. They wanted to learn the right techniques at a young age, so I got together with some of my buddies and I said, Hey, there's a good opportunity for us if we stay here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and run a camp, one or two a month and train these K-5 kids, which we call our rookie league, and just teach them the right technique and footwork and knowledge of the game at such a young age, then they're going to be so much more involved. So that's how that kind of started.

Q: When did you start that?
RH: We started that almost 18 months ago.

Q: Have you seen kids reap the benefits of the program?
RH: We're still a very young company. The idea has been in work for 18 months, but we've really only been a company for seven months. We've run camps up until football season, our last camp was last month, so we feel like next year we'll be seeing a lot more results. But from the regulars that have been to our camps, we've seen great results.

Q: What are your current thoughts on this year's Michigan football team?
RH: I'm excited. Coach [Brady] Hoke was one of my favorite coaches when I was there. So I'm excited to see what he's going to do. I know he's going to restore all the Michigan tradition and bring back that Michigan man. I'm sure all the boys will respond, and I'm looking forward to seeing the product he's going to put on the field.

Q: What's your favorite memory of Coach Hoke?
RH: Every time I was around him, he's high energy, he's always got a smile on his face. He's always the life of the party. He's always the guy that would take time in the hall when you're going out for practice and talk to you about your game, and always in a positive way. He's the typical players' coach that you want to have as your head coach.

Chantel Jennings covers University of Michigan sports for WolverineNation. She can be reached at jenningsespn@gmail.com.

Chantel Jennings | email

Oregon/Pac-12 reporter