Uwe von Schamann

Uwe von Schamann
Date of birth: (1956-04-23) April 23, 1956 (age 58)
Place of birth: Berlin, Germany
Career information
Position(s): Placekicker
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 192 lb (87 kg)
College: Oklahoma
NFL Draft: 1979 / Round: 7 / Pick: 189
Organizations
As player:
1979-1984 Miami Dolphins
Career highlights and awards
Awards: 1979 Miami Dolphins Rookie of the Year
Records: Most extra points attempted in a single season: 70 (1984) - broken by DatabaseFootball.com

Uwe Detlef Walter von Schamann (born April 23, 1956 in Berlin, Germany) is a former professional American football placekicker. He played for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League, from 1979 to 1984.

Early life

Von Schamann moved to Fort Worth, Texas at the age of 16. After graduating from Eastern Hills High School in 1975,[1] he received a football scholarship to the University of Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Sooners 1975-1978

During his college football career, he was a member of the 1975 National Championship team, and was later voted the all-time, All-Big 8 kicker. In 1999 von Schamann was named the All-Century Oklahoma Kicker. He was most noted for making a clutch game-winning kick in the final seconds of the 1977 game at Ohio State, after leading the crowd in a "block that kick" chant. In Sooner lore, this play came to be known simply as 'The Kick'.[2]

Professional career 1979-1984

After college, the Miami Dolphins drafted von Schamann, for whom he played for six seasons. Von Schamann finished his NFL career with 101 of 149 field goal attempts (67%) and 237 of 250 extra points (94%), for 540 total points. In the 1984 season he set an NFL record, with 70 extra point attempts, converting 66 of them, records that stood until they were broken by Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski in 2007. A clip from the 1984 season of von Schamann kicking is used in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.

After football

After his retirement from the NFL, he worked in the securities and insurance business.

In 2001, von Schamann was named Director of Development and Fundraising for the J.D. McCarty Center, a treatment facility for children with developmental disabilities.[3]

His son, Duke von Schamann is a professional baseball player currently in the Los Angeles Dodgers system.[4]

References

External links

  • career stats
  • "The Kick" Video
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