Before the Minnesota Vikings' Cordarrelle Patterson returned the ball 109 yards in a game against the Green Bay Packers in 2013, the longest kickoff return had been 108 yards, a record held by numerous parties. Patterson now stands alone for kickoffs, after this legendary bring-back.
The now infamous special teamer was not known so well at the time. Patterson was just 22 years old at the time, a rookie and a first-round draft selection in 2013. He never did quite pan out as a receiver, but Patterson's return game burst onto the scene here.
That combination of downfield vision, straightaway speed and brute power has become Cordarrelle's calling card throughout his career. If you hesitate even for a second against him, he's gone.
The Packers were not ready here, but there's no doubt that they never took Patterson lightly again. He stayed with the Vikings until the end of 2016, but came back to the NFC North with the Chicago Bears in 2019, another rival of Green Bay.
Although Patterson is unmatched in kick returns specifically, he's actually tied for the NFL's longest return. Antonio Cromartie also returned the ball 109 yards in 2007, but he did it off a missed field goal attempt.
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