Josh Cribbs Gave to Me, On the Eighth Day...Eight Return Touchdowns

Samantha CookeCorrespondent IDecember 21, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 20:  Joshua Cribbs #16 of the Cleveland Browns returns his second kickoff of the day for a touchdown to set an NFL record of 8 in a season during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 20, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Most of the talk this week in Cleveland revolved around Mike Holmgren possibly taking over as head coach.

Joshua Cribbs decided to help put the focus back on the team and the players.

Cribbs broke not one, but two kickoff returns for touchdowns, tying the single-game record.

He also set the NFL career record for returns at seven, only to break it less than an hour later. Cribbs has eight returns for touchdowns in his career.

He came into the game tied with Gale Sayers, Ollie Matson, Dante Hall, Mel Gray, and Travis Williams for most career touchdown returns.

The first return came in the first quarter after Cribbs raced 100 yards and broke around six tackles.

The second return came from deeper in the end zone in the second quarter. Cribbs took it 103 yards for the score with less than three minutes until halftime.

Cribbs, along with record-breaking teammate Jerome Harrison, helped the Cleveland Browns take down the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

Cribbs and Harrison had an internal competition going on in the locker room.

“For the past two, three weeks, Josh and I have had a personal (competition) against each other,” Harrison said. “He set the tempo and set it pretty high, but I told him at halftime, ‘I’m going to get you.”’

Harrison did get Cribbs, rushing for a team-record 286 yards. Harrison and Cribbs may have saved their coach's job for now, or at least lessened the sting.

Right now, Cribbs will go down as the top return man of all time with eight touchdowns.