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I See Your Jess Atkinson & Raise You One Ali Haji-Sheikh

With the 2012 version of the Washington Redskins set to start training camp Thursday, I thought it would be fitting to revisit a trip I took to Carlisle, PA back in 1988. I made the trip north to PA from NOVA with my childhood friend Chris Hairfield and had the opportunity to watch the defending Super Bowl Champs prepare for the 1988 season. Along the way I scored a Super Bowl XXII poster and secured the autographs of 20+ Redskins. Twenty-four years later I’m certain that I have a one of kind piece of memorabilia here.

Among the autographs that I secured, I scored not 1, not 2…but 3 kickers! Despite the fact the Redskins drafted Chip Lohmiller in the 2nd round of the 88′ NFL draft, they still felt in necessary to bring 2 other horrible kickers to camp. I am 100% CERTAIN that I’m the only person in the world that has both a Jess Atkinson & Ali Haji-Sheikh autograph on the same poster.

I have 2/3′s of the Posse…Gary Clark and Ricky Sanders.

Ed Simmons signed his autograph on the awesome picture of his pancake block.

Wilber Marshall’s signature is upside down. I got Marshall’s autograph several times and he always signed upside down and backwards.

Dave Butz signed, it was his last season.

One of my favorite all-time Skins Neal Olkewicz signed, as did the late Mel Kaufman.

Looking at this poster brings back great memories. Hard to believe we are 6 months away from the 25th anniversary of the Redskins 1987 Super Bowl win and that amazing 2nd quarter against the Denver Broncos. Here’s to more memories, HTTR.

Cheers and Hail

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Posted by fatpickle    Date: Sunday, July 22, 2012

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Former Redskins Kicker Chip Lohmiller Is Suing The NFL For Concussions?!

I want to start this post by saying that I have a tremendous amount of respect for the former players of the NFL. I’ve gone on record many times stating that former players deserve better health and retirement benefits. There’s no doubt that the $100 million dollar payrolls and $100 million dollar contracts of today would’ve never existed if the road hadn’t been paved by former players who played for thousands of dollars while holding down second jobs.

With that being said, I look at the recent concussion lawsuits brought against the NFL and I have to question if some of the players listed as plaintiffs are only looking to make some easy money. Here’s a list of former Redskins reported to be plaintiffs in the lawsuit:

Michael Batiste
Keith Biggers
Jason Doering
Brad Fichtel
Terrell Hoage
Ethan Horton
Ernie Hanet
Bruce Kimball
Ronald Middleton
Ed Simmons
Walter Stanley
James Steffen

I pride myself in being pretty knowledgeable concerning my Redskins history, but I have no idea who some of these guys are. I’m ok with Hoage, Horton, Middleton, Simmons, Stanley and Steffen being included as each of those former players played in 80+ NFL games. Batiste, Doering and Kimball combined to start 8 NFL games. Fichtel (Fichtel/Einhorn, Fichtel/Einhorn..Fichtel is Eihhorn?!) played in 1 more NFL game than I have…which is to say he played in 1 game. has no record of Biggers or Hanet ever playing in a NFL game.

This lawsuit certainly lacks star power. Mark Rypein is the face of the lawsuit…or the crater face of the lawsuit. Rypein says he suffers from memory loss and other side effects of post-concussion syndrome and I have no reason to doubt his claims. I do have reason to doubt the claims of guys who never suited up in a NFL game and I have reason to doubt that a former kicker suffers from post-concussion symptoms.

That’s right, Chip Lohmiller has joined the lawsuit against the NFL. A kicker is suing the NFL in a concussion lawsuit!!! This should be immediate grounds for dismissing the case. I know Lohmiller was a big guy and he may have made an occasional special teams tackle…but are you kidding me with this?! He was more likely to suffer a concussion in some bizarre practice kicking session on an errant bounce into the practice net than suffering permanent disability from a NFL game.

It’s also been reported that “former” Redskins Tony Mandarich and Todd Marinovich are included in the lawsuit. To my knowledge neither player ever played for the Redskins. I guess reporters only assumed they were former Redskins because they’re two of the biggest draft busts in NFL history.

In closing I’d again like to state how much respect I have for former NFL players. And I apologize if any of the players I singled out sincerely suffer from permanent disabilities that they have as a result of playing the violent game of football. But if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, you know. Neal Olkewicz had over 1500 tackles and suffered many concussions, where’s he at?

Cheers and Hail

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Posted by fatpickle    Date: Thursday, April 5, 2012

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July 16: Happy Birthday Chip Lohmiller

On a daily basis, Fatpickled recognizes the birthdays of the men who have played, and currently play for, my favorite teams. The Redskins, Orioles, Wizards, and Terps.

Happy birthday Chip Lohmiller. Chip played 7 seasons with the Washington Redskins from 1988-1994 appearing in 112 games. From 1989 to 1992, he scored more points than any player in the NFL. In 1991, he scored more points than the Indianapolis Colts! He has a Super Bowl ring from that 91 season.

Lohmiller was drafted in the 2nd round of the 88 Draft. Although the Skins won the Super Bowl in 1987, the kicking position was a disaster. 6 different players attempted field goals that season, making only 18 of 29 attempts. Chip came in and solidified the position for the next 7 seasons. He retired after the 1996 season and remains the Redskins 2nd All-time leading scorer.

Chip had some incredible individual games is which he almost single handedly won the games himself. In 1991 he kicked 4 field goals against Dallas, each of them longer than 45 yards. The following year in 1992, he accounted for all 15 points in the Skins win vs. his hometown team, the Minnesota Vikings. All told, his trusty right foot provided 11 game winners for the Skins during his tenure.

Chip also appeared in a McDonald’s commercial spoofing the Larry Bird/Michael Jordan game of H-O-R-S-E. It’s quite comical; make sure you give the YouTube below a watch. Chip currently is the Head Football Coach at Pequot Lakes High School in Minnesota. Happy 43rd Mr. Lohmiller.

Cheers and Hail

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Posted by fatpickle    Date: Thursday, July 16, 2009

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