The longest punt returns in NFL history and why the greatest one will never be topped


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  • David Mickelsen
    David Mickelsen  1 weeks back

    @SB Nation All the guys with 98-yard returns are tied for fourth, not third.

    • Trill X Drippy
      Trill X Drippy  2 weeks back

      Remember in the super bowl when there was a power outage and a 109 punt return td?

      • Thekingerplays2
        Thekingerplays2  2 weeks back

        At the eagles lions game this year I witnessed live a 101 yrd return. I’m pretty sure

        • Momotaro
          Momotaro  2 weeks back

          I want to know what you're doing with those 3.5" floppies and that modern mouse when that's an Apple II with 5.25" drives on your desk.

          • Jeff Jeff
            Jeff Jeff  3 weeks back

            Hey new 2nd place in dolphins game

            • Eric Zhang
              Eric Zhang  3 weeks back

              notice how when he says it can go a long way at 2:45, the guy hugging him's last name is long...

              • kirkesque
                kirkesque  3 weeks back

                I'm sure, sitting around in production of this video, the idea to use fake 8-bit/16-bit graphics was cool. But when you actually edit the video, that kind of stuff is just stupid. Treat the actual highlights with fake 1980s graphics, but let us see your face in all in't HD glory. Be glad you have a job not based on performance...

                • UberPizzaZombie
                  UberPizzaZombie  3 weeks back

                  Deson Jackson punt return against the giants to win the game was a nice return

                  • YinzerJr79
                    YinzerJr79  3 weeks back

                    I thought that when a punt went into the end zone it was automatically downed? Whenever you watch the NFL, as soon as it crosses, they blow the whistle. Was that not the rule back then, or why is it not enforced now?

                    Edit: nvm, should've watched the whole video first

                    • SOLtoo
                      SOLtoo  4 weeks back

                      Uuuugh!  I can't handle these throwback computer graphics.

                      • RJEvans44
                        RJEvans44  4 weeks back

                        Did Pat make you write this!

                        • Orioles1997
                          Orioles1997  1 months back

                          The Cardinals parlayed that win into almost making playoffs that year after a 1-6 start. Finished 8-8

                          • Toast N' Jam
                            Toast N' Jam  1 months back

                            The longest was also the easiest.

                            • King Jibble
                              King Jibble  1 months back

                              wait ravens 49ers superbowl???

                              • sagov9
                                sagov9  1 months back

                                2:55 If there are three people with a higher score, you're (tied for) fourth, not third. 9:26 So yeah this table should read 1,2,2,4,4...

                                • Adam MF Turek
                                  Adam MF Turek  1 months back

                                  If a player catches a punt in the endzone and runs it for a TD is the length of the endzone included?

                                  • 3ountyhunter ftw
                                    3ountyhunter ftw  1 months back

                                    Yes that's is why the top run is over 100 yards even though the play field is 100 yards between end zones.

                                • Drudge Infowarrior
                                  Drudge Infowarrior  1 months back

                                  It took you 11 minutes to tell me what I could have googled in like 2 seconds......

                                  • Hawk one
                                    Hawk one  1 months back

                                    Interesting talking cadence there.

                                    • Madness With A Twist
                                      Madness With A Twist  1 months back

                                      Patterson of the Chicago Bears just put himself on the board vs. The Saints

                                      • Apophis
                                        Apophis  2 months back

                                        I thought the record for a punt return is 109 yards.

                                        • Alexander Vega
                                          Alexander Vega  2 months back

                                          No risk no reward

                                          • Mason _
                                            Mason _  2 months back

                                            It can go a LONG way
                                            Coincidence, I think not.

                                            • Tom Kelley
                                              Tom Kelley  2 months back

                                              It's really a tough record because punter returners usually have no business fielding the ball that deep. You have to be sneaky and a little reckless.

                                              • Humble Rumble
                                                Humble Rumble  2 months back

                                                Gil Lefebvre 3:12 it took like two seconds to find a picture on wiki how the hell did yall miss that lmfao

                                                • Jivan Scarano
                                                  Jivan Scarano  2 months back

                                                  Ok, but what's the high score if you count the total of the distance of the punt and the distance of the return?

                                                  • WestCoastSamoan
                                                    WestCoastSamoan  2 months back

                                                    That background music goes perfectly with that Harris runback

                                                    • Dalton Anderson
                                                      Dalton Anderson  2 months back

                                                      This is amazing. I literally just turned in a 107 yard punt return on Madden this evening.

                                                      • revinevan87
                                                        revinevan87  2 months back

                                                        because the field isn't long enough, there. what else could be the reason?

                                                        • Clayton Hurdle
                                                          Clayton Hurdle  2 months back

                                                          Yeah but my dad could beat up your dad

                                                          • Mateo Ruiz
                                                            Mateo Ruiz  2 months back

                                                            Shouldn’t Antonio Cromartie’s 99 yard missed kick return count?

                                                            • Brian Johnson
                                                              Brian Johnson  2 months back

                                                              Here's a picture of Gil Lefebvre

                                                              • The Jersey Ninja
                                                                The Jersey Ninja  2 months back

                                                                I don’t know I could see a 109 yard return at some point. Someone who just has no clue and decides to catch a kick that would 100% have been a touchback sailing out of bounds from the 109 and run it all the way back. There’s always room for a longer play until there isn’t. 109 is the max, so unless some severe rule change happens, it’s bound to happen eventually

                                                                • Random Channel
                                                                  Random Channel  2 months back

                                                                  Best thing in SB Nation not made by Jon

                                                                  • Aj Cur
                                                                    Aj Cur  2 months back

                                                                    Dante hall has to hold the record for most yards covered in a pint return length and width

                                                                    • TLR Eclipse
                                                                      TLR Eclipse  3 months back

                                                                      Peterson's is the best given the context of the situation OT return for the Win.

                                                                      • shingshongshamalama
                                                                        shingshongshamalama  3 months back

                                                                        Wait so... if you get the ball into the goal in American Football... it doesn't count?

                                                                        Why is this game so popular when seemingly everything about it is designed to make it less fun?

                                                                        • Mark Pentler
                                                                          Mark Pentler  3 months back

                                                                          I know we all love Bois but Buikema is pretty on point with his content.

                                                                          Also, strong T-shirt game.

                                                                          • Paul Babcock
                                                                            Paul Babcock  3 months back

                                                                            Idt that 103 yard return ought to really count, since it was just against our 94 Saints. We weren't a real football team back then. At the very least, it ought to have an asterisk like Barry Bond's home runs.

                                                                            • thisprofileisntrealthough

                                                                              cool except the 10 yards in each endzone are not marked and do not count as "yardage gained". Technically you can only cover 99 yards, as anything inside the one is rounded off. Symantecs but consider that pass catchers routinely catch balls far into the endzone. Those yards are not counted. Therefore they dont count. Logic is the same. Endzone yardage is not yardage gained. Idk. whatever.

                                                                              • Projecting TJ
                                                                                Projecting TJ  3 months back

                                                                                What about the longest special team return? There was a missed field goal returned for 108 yards I think

                                                                                • Unsinkable Sam
                                                                                  Unsinkable Sam  3 months back

                                                                                  Gil Lefebvre is pernounced (Le-FAY)

                                                                                  • Big Man
                                                                                    Big Man  3 months back

                                                                                    Who else has seen that last play before

                                                                                    • Lewis Gallardo
                                                                                      Lewis Gallardo  3 months back

                                                                             not the same... but still worth a shot out to Cromarties 109 yard return

                                                                                      • ReckKLess915
                                                                                        ReckKLess915  3 months back

                                                                                        It can go a LONG way 2:45

                                                                                        If you see it you see it

                                                                                        • Jake Fontenot
                                                                                          Jake Fontenot  3 months back

                                                                                          Desean Jackson against the Giants>>>> much better

                                                                                          • ashkechum101
                                                                                            ashkechum101  3 months back

                                                                                            Hester has the longest return touchdown in the history of the nfl what the hell are you talking about?

                                                                                            • Logan R
                                                                                              Logan R  3 months back

                                                                                              No Josh Cribbs?!

                                                                                              • Elias Van Drisse
                                                                                                Elias Van Drisse  3 months back

                                                                                                For Alex Erickson the waving away as if calling safe in baseball got called as a fair catch but for Tavon Austin is wasn't? They were near the same year and I don't see any rule changes.