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Horst Herbert Erich Mühlmann (2 January 1940 – 17 November 1991) was a professional footballer and American football player. He was a placekicker in the American Football League and the National Football League for nine seasons. He played for the Kansas City Chiefs (1969), the Cincinnati Bengals (from 1969 to 1974) and the Philadelphia Eagles (from 1975 to 1977).

Horst Herbert Erich Mühlmann
Born(1940-01-02)2 January 1940
Died17 November 1991(1991-11-17) (aged 51)
Selm, Germany
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight98 kg (215 lb)

Association football career
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
BV Brambauer
Borussia Dortmund
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1966 Schalke 04 69 (0)
1966–1967 Bonner SC 29 (0)
1968 Kansas City Spurs 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Football career
No. 16
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Mühlmann was born in Dortmund, Germany. After high school, he worked as a bricklayer and part-time footballer. He played as a goalkeeper for Schalke 04 from 1961 to 1966,[1] including the first ever Bundesliga season in 1963–64. In 1968, he played soccer in the North American Soccer League (NASL) for the Kansas City Spurs.

His professional career in American football began in 1969 with the Kansas City Chiefs when he was 29 years old. Mühlmann quickly established a reputation as one of the longest kickers in the game. On 4 September 1971, in a pre-season encounter with the Green Bay Packers, he launched each of his six kickoffs over the crossbar into the endzone denying the Packers a single kickoff return yard. Mühlmann was the first kicker since the AFL-NFL merger to connect on field goals of 50 yards or more in three consecutive games. This record has only been matched by three other players: Tom Dempsey (1971), Chris Bahr (1981) and Jason Elam (1996). Mühlmann held the Bengals team record for consecutive extra points (101) until it was broken by Doug Pelfrey in 1997. Mühlmann still holds or shares several Bengals regular season[2] and post season[3] individual kicking records.

The money Mühlmann earned during his time in the U.S. he invested in an apartment house in Selm where he lived with his family until he died from a chronic lung disease. The Horst Mühlmann Bars are located in the North and South endzones on the Plaza level of Cincinnati's Paul Brown Stadium.


  1. ^ "Horst Mühlmann" (in German). Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Bengals Individual Records (Regular Season)" (PDF). Retrieved 22 September 2007.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Bengals postseason individual records" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 February 2007. Retrieved 22 September 2007. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)

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