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Ask Athlon Sports: NFL Records

Q: What player holds the NFL record for the longest fumble return for a touchdown?
— D. Francis, Round Rock, Texas

A: Actually, two players share the record: The Raiders’ Jack Tatum returned a fumble 104 yards for a touchdown on Sept. 24, 1972, against the Packers, and the Cardinals’ Aeneas Williams duplicated the feat against the Redskins on Nov. 5, 2000. The hard-hitting Tatum, who died in 2010, had 37 career interceptions, but that fumble return was his only career touchdown. Of course, there have been longer returns in NFL annals. Antonio Cromartie of the Chargers recorded the longest return of any kind when he took a missed field goal 109 yards for a touchdown against the Vikings in 2007. The Packers’ Randall Cobb (2011) and the Patriots’ Ellis Hobbs (2007) both had 108-yard kickoff returns. And the Ravens’ Ed Reed took an interception back 108 yards for a score against the Eagles in 2008. Reed, the master of touchdown returns, was the first player in NFL history to score touchdowns via interception, punt, blocked punt and fumble return.

— Rob Doster, Senior Editor

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