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Antonio Cromartie’s Record Will Stand Forever

Antonio Cromartie’s NFL Record for Longest Play
There are records that we think will stand forever, like Cal Ripken’s 2,632 consecutive games played. There are some records that we hope will stand forever, like Hank Aaron’s all-time home run record (*). There are even some records that we thought would never be broken but have been, like Paul Hornung’s record of 176 points scored in a season set way back in 1960 and broken by LaDainian Tomlinson in 2006.

Now, there is one record that definitely will stand forever. Antonio Cromartie returned a missed field goal attempt 109 yards for a TD on Sunday, November 4th, 2007 against the Minnesota Vikings. Upon freeze-frame review (I Love DVR), it looks like there is about 2-3 inches between Cromartie’s foot and the line marking the back of the end zone. So, actually, his return was more like 109 yards 2 feet and about 9 inches. That only leaves approximately 2.9 inches, out of a possible 3,959.99 inches, left for a single play to gain more yardage than Cromartie’s. But that is the key word, you just read it, yardage.

Football, although a game of inches, is measured statistically with yards. Therefore, it is impossible for a player to gain more than Cromartie did since 109 yards is the maximum possible. Because in order to gain 110 yards a player would have to start on the back of the end zone line which is out of bounds, thus impossible. It is possible, however, for a player to tie Cromartie’s record and etch his name into the record books forever. But Antonio Cromartie’s name is now etched in stone and can never be removed.


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