Five years ago this week Antonio Cromartie returned a missed field goal 109 yards for a touchdown for the longest play in NFL history.
One day shy of the fifth anniversary of Cromartie’s record-setting run, a Texas high school player returned a field goal 109-plus yards on a nearly identical play.
Sharyland High’s Sean Landez caught a 44-yard field goal attempt that came up just short and returned it all the way for the touchdown to help his team to a 48-7 rout of Edinburg North on Saturday night.
Notice the impeccable balance Landez uses to keep his toes in the end zone while catching the kick. (Full marks!) Then watch him turn up the sideline, blow past the protection and coast into the end zone.
Now watch Cromartie’s return.
Eerie, huh? But while Cromartie had several inches of end zone between his foot and the back of the end zone, Landez appeared to be millimeters away from stepping out of bounds. The play made SportsCenter’s Top 10 countdown.
According to The Monitor’s Todd Orodenker, the return was Landez’s second of the night. He was on the receiving end of a lateral on the opening kickoff and returned it 92 yards, untouched, for a score.
Last month, Central Valley High (Wash.) kicker Austin Rehkow blasted a 67-yard field goal through the uprights to force overtime in a game the Bears eventually won 62-55. The kick was four yards longer than the NFL record, held by Tom Dempsey, Jason Elam, Sebastian Janikowski and David Akers.
Both plays are impressive, but since sports is all about comparing things (and it’s Election Day!), which one impressed you more? The 109-yard return or the 67-yard field goal?