The NFL has made a new ruling, pushing back the placement of kickoff teams from the 30-yard line to the 35-yard line. Many believe this will hinder the amount of kick return touchdowns and will result in a monopoly of touchbacks.
Josh Cribbs, the NFL’s all-time kickoff return TD leader was quoted in a recent article by NBCSports.com’s Mike Florio.
“They always say in basketball, free throws win games,” Cribbs said. “Well, you know what? In football, special teams win games. It doesn’t matter how good your offense or defense is, if they give up one kickoff return, one fumble on punt return, that changes the whole game drastically.
"You win and lose games on special teams and that’s what me and Devin Hester have been able to do for our teams. So if you take that out of it, I mean, you lose the excitement [of] all these 100-yard returns.”
Cribbs’ sentiments were echoed by Chicago Bears return specialist Devin Hester in an interview with Chicago’s ESPN 1000 radio show “Waddle & Silvy.”
“They might want to put up the arena nets, because there are gonna be a lot of balls going in the end zone.”
Well, if this is effectively the end of highlight reel kickoff returns, let us take a look back at some of the more memorable kickoff return TDs in NFL history.
Super Bowls, record breakers, multiple runs in the same game, and none of them made number one. What did? Check out the slideshow and the videos provided to find out.