Cromartie Returns Missed FG 109 Yards
Cromartie Returns Missed FG 109 Yards
November 4, 2007

Cromartie Returns Missed FG 109 Yards

"It doesn't look like he's running fast, but he's smokin' fast." - Shawne Merriman
O'Shea Jackson Jr.
by O'Shea Jackson Jr.

On a single play, the greatest number of yards that a football player can gain is 109 – and this actually happened, for the first time ever in the NFL, during a game on Nov. 4, 2007 between Chargers and Vikings at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. With the score knotted at 7 with four seconds to go before halftime, Vikings kicker Ryan Longwell tried a 57-yard field goal, for which Antonio Cromartie, a second-year backup cornerback for the Chargers, was sent out to return. Sure enough, when the kick fell short, Cromartie caught the ball acrobatically with his foot a fraction from the end line, and attempted to run it back. He veered toward the right sideline, outran two would-be tacklers and then accelerated into open space, where – aided by blockers – he cruised into the end zone. Although the Chargers lost the game, Cromartie’s play was the most exhilarating in a late-season stretch that saw him emerge into a star: the next week, Cromartie started at cornerback and intercepted three of Peyton Manning’s passes; the Chargers would go on an eight-game winning streak which included two playoff victories and Cromartie would lead the NFL in interceptions, with 10.

O'Shea Jackson Jr.
Jackson Jr.
O’Shea Jackson Jr, a Los Angeles native, is an actor and rapper. He is the son of Ice Cube, whom he portrayed in the 2015 movie, "Straight Outta Compton". Unlike Ice Cube though, Jackson is not a Raiders fan; rather, he’s been a Rams enthusiast since the team relocated back to Los Angeles.
Place of Birth:
Los Angeles, CA
Preferred Team:
St. Louis Rams