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Dick Vidmer
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Position(s): Quarterback
College: Michigan
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Dick Vidmer was an American football player who played quarterback for the University of Michigan Wolverines football teams from 1965 to 1967. A native of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Vidmer played quarterback for Hempfield High School in the early 1960s.[1] He was one of the finest prep quarterbacks ever produced in the State of Pennsylvania.[2] He was recruited by many schools, including Ivy League schools, but enrolled at the University of Michigan. As a freshman in 1964, Vidmer suffered a broken leg and torn ankle ligaments during a football practice session.[2] Vidmer never recovered fully from the injury, recalling later, "I was never able to move around like I could before. It made a difference in my effectiveness. I was not as formidable a player as I once was."[2] He started only three games in the 1965 season.[3] In 1966, he was recovered sufficiently to be the starting quarterback in nine of Michigan's ten games.[4] He also started four games at quarterback for the 1967 Wolverines.[5] In his playing career at Michigan, Vidmer passed for 2,400 yards and 11 touchdowns. His career best game came against Minnesota in 1966 when Vidmer threw 15 completions for 210 yards and three touchdowns. He also threw for 258 yards in a 1966 victory over Oregon State. Vidmer was also an outstanding student at Michigan and was selected as an Academic All-American in 1966.[2] He received three degrees from Michigan, a bachelor's degree in economics, a master's degree in international relations (1972), and a Ph.D. in philosophy (1978).[1] He later taught at the University of Virginia and served as an advisor to U.S. Congressman Don Bailey, a former Michigan football teammate.[2] He also served as a county commissioner in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. He was court-appointed to the county commissioner position in 1985 and elected to the position in November 1987. He became the chairman of the county commissioners.[1] Vidmer was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1983 and was forced to retire in 1999.[2]

Career passing statistics

Season Opponent Att Comp Int Comp % Yds Yds/Comp TD
1965 at North Carolina 9 4 1 44.4 39 9.8 1
1965 California 14 8 2 57.1 103 12.9 0
1965 Georgia 9 4 2 44.4 75 18.8 0
1965 Michigan State 29 12 1 41.4 207 17.3 0
1965 Ohio State 5 3 0 60.0 30 10.0 0
1965 Season total 66 31 6 47.0 454 14.6 1
1966 Oregon State 18 12 0 66.7 258 21.5 0
1966 at California 15 10 0 66.7 106 10.6 0
1966 North Carolina 25 11 3 44.0 115 10.4 0
1966 at Michigan State 47 18 0 38.3 178 9.9 1
1966 Purdue 19 13 0 68.4 208 16.0 2
1966 Minnesota 19 15 0 79.0 210 14.0 3
1966 at Wisconsin 20 9 0 45.0 71 7.9 0
1966 Illinois 27 13 3 48.1 183 14.1 1
1966 Northwestern 20 10 0 50.0 170 17.0 2
1966 at Ohio State 15 6 1 40.0 110 18.3 1
1966 Season total 225 117 7 52.0 1609 13.8 10
1967 Duke 27 13 2 48.1 174 13.4 0
1967 at California 7 5 0 71.4 33 6.6 0
1967 Navy 23 9 1 39.1 78 8.7 0
1967 Michigan State 15 5 1 33.3 40 8.0 0
1967 at Wisconsin 4 1 0 25.0 12 12.0 0
1967 Season total 76 33 4 43.4 337 10.2 0
Career total 367 181 17 49.3 2400 13.3 11

References

  1. ^ a b c "Who Is Dick Vidmer?". The Valley Independent. 1991-10-31.  
  2. ^ a b c d e f Jim Cnockaert (2004). Michigan: Where Have You Gone?, pp. 200-204. ISBN 1582617716.  
  3. ^ "1965 Football Team". University of Michigan. http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/fbteam/1965fbt.htm.  
  4. ^ "1966 Football Team". University of Michigan. http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/fbteam/1966fbt.htm.  
  5. ^ "1967 Football Team". University of Michigan. http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/fbteam/1967fbt.htm.  







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