Formula 309: Remembering Stephone Paige

Craig BrownCorrespondent IJuly 21, 2009

LOS ANGELES - 1986:  Wide receiver Stephone Paige #83 and Irv Eatman #75 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrate with a high five during a 1986 NFL game against the Los Angeles Raiders at the LA Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.  The Raiders defeated the Chargers 17-13.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Willie "Flipper" Anderson owns a rather obscure NFL record: most receiving yards gained in a single game with 336. In 1989, Anderson set the mark on 15 receptions for the Los Angeles Rams.

But Flipper also has an asterisk by his name, as the mark was broken in the overtime period of the game against the New Orleans Saints.

The NFL record for most receiving yards in a regulation game was set and still stands by Stephone Paige of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Paige's mark of 309 yards was set in 1985 vs. the San Diego Chargers. What may be most remarkable about this statistic is that Paige set the record on only eight receptions, averaging an incredible 38 yards per catch. He also scored two touchdowns on the day.

Digging even deeper, Paige caught his mix of passes from two different quarterbacks on the day, Todd Blackledge and Bill Kenney.

The quarterbacks combined to complete only 13 of 23 passes, yet Paige managed to cement himself in the NFL record books with his efforts until eclipsed by Flipper's overtime effort just four years later.

Though Stephone Paige's career statistics will never drop a jaw, he was a solid performer for the Chiefs during his career from 1983-1991.

For the six-year period from 1985-1990, Paige averaged 51 catches and 860 yards per season and is currently ranked fifth on the Chiefs all-time receiving list for both catches (377) and yards (6341), while placing fourth in career touchdowns (49).