Longest Returns

History Published on : 10/14/2012

Rookie Cordarrelle Patterson of the Minnesota Vikings tied the NFL record for longest return of any kind when he ran back the opening kickoff 109 yards in Week 8 of the 2013 season.


Longest Punt Return (103 yards)
Robert Bailey, Los Angeles Rams vs. New Orleans Saints, Oct. 23, 1994

Longest Kickoff Return (109 yards)
Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers, Oct. 27, 2013

Longest Interception Return (107 yards)
Ed Reed, Baltimore Ravens vs. Philadelphia Eagles, Nov. 23, 2008 [Details]

Longest Fumble Return (104 yards)
Jack Tatum, Oakland Raiders vs. Green Bay Packers, Sept. 24, 1972
Aeneas Williams, Arizona Cardinals vs. Washington Redskins, Nov. 5, 2000

Longest Return of a Missed Field Goal (109 yards)
Antonio Cromartie, San Diego Chargers vs. Minnesota Vikings, Nov. 4, 2007

"You know when you get that itch? I wanted to scratch it. So I took it." - Jacoby Jones of the Baltimore Ravens after returning a then-record 108-yard kickoff return in a game in 2012.  He also had a 108-yard KOR in Super Bowl XLVII. Two others in history ran back kickoffs for 108 yards, Ellis Hobbs and Randall Cobb.