Dolphins’ record-setters


The Miami Dolphins defeated division rival New York Jets, 30-25, two weekends ago. Helping the team to victory were two particular players who placed their names in the NFL Record Book while adding points to the scoreboard.

Wide receiver/return man Ted Ginn returned two kickoffs for touchdowns (100 and 101 yards) in the third quarter of the game played at Giants Stadium on Nov. 1, 2009. In doing so, he became the first NFL player ever to return two kickoffs of 100 or more yards in the same game. His returns also marked just the second time a player returned kickoffs for touchdowns in the same quarter and he was only the eighth player in league history to have a pair of kickoffs for touchdowns in a game. Related story: More on Ginn’s feat>>>

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Six plays after Ginn’s first return for a score, Jason Taylor put his name in the record book. The 13th-year defensive end scooped up a fumble at the Jets’ 48-yard-line and raced to the end zone. It marked the sixth fumble recovery for a touchdown in Taylor’s career. That total broke the mark held by Jessie Tuggle.

The jerseys worn by Ginn and Taylor during the record-setting moments arrived at the Pro Football Hall of Fame today. Also included with the shipment from the Dolphins were Ginn’s shoes from the game and the ball that Taylor returned for the record TD. All of the artifacts will soon be placed on display in the Pro Football Today Gallery.

This does not mark the first time that the Pro Football Hall of Fame has contacted Ginn and Taylor for memorabilia from a historic moment. The jersey Ginn wore on his first-ever NFL touchdown is on display in an exhibit about the NFL’s growth internationally. Ginn’s first touchdown reception of his pro career came against the New York Giants on October 28, 2007. That game was the first NFL regular season game ever played outside of North America.

The full uniform and helmet used by Taylor on Thanksgiving Day 2006 is also part of the Hall’s vast collection of football artifacts. Taylor was honored that season as the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year.

Aside from their mementos that now permanently reside in Canton, Taylor and Ginn have other ties to the region. Taylor starred at the University of Akron, located just 20 minutes north of the Hall of Fame. Ginn was born and raised in Cleveland, which is one hour north of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, where he attended Glenville High School before moving on to The Ohio State University.

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