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VIDEO: Remembering When 35-Year-Old Tim Brown Became the Oldest Player to Return a Punt TD in NFL History

By michael obermuller
The Oakland Raiders Tim Brown became the oldest player in NFL History to return a punt for a touchdown.
The Oakland Raiders Tim Brown became the oldest player in NFL History to return a punt for a touchdown. / Raiders 247TV on YouTube
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When Jon Gruden told NFL reporters Tim Brown would be returning punts before this game in 2001, many questioned if the 35-year-old vet was only back there to fair catch the ball. The contest against the Kansas City Chiefs began with a few fair catches before Brown decided to bust one loose.

Maybe it was part of the Oakland Raiders' strategy to catch the Chiefs off-guard by not returning the first couple opportunities, but once Brown is finally given the green light he does not disappoint.

The wily veteran has speed, vision and heart as he leaves every Kansas City defender in the dust for an 88-yard touchdown. You can't make this stuff up, as Gruden smirks from the sidelines.

Credit the coach and the blockers for their part, but most of the praise must go to Tim Brown, and it does. His record stands in NFL history now, and this one will be tough to break.


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