VIDEO: Remembering When the Jets' Steve O'Neal Set the NFL Record With a 98-Yard Punt
It feels only fitting, given that the New York Jets just drafted punter Braden Mann (known for his huge leg) in the sixth round of this year's NFL Draft, that we remember the longest punt in Jets history.
Steve O'Neal boomed a 98-yard punt on September 21, 1969, which also happens to be the longest punt in NFL history. Take a look.
O'Neal got all of this one, blasting the ball well downfield out of the back of his own end zone. The football looks to bounce around the opposing 32-yard line, after being snapped from his own 1-yard line. That's approximately 73-75 yards in the air (adding about five to seven yards to where O'Neal is standing in the end zone).
After the hang-time and strength that fools even Denver Broncos return man Bill Thompson, the football bounces all the way to the opposing 1-yard line. The most incredible part of this historic moment is that it stops there. A touchback might have ruined this piece of legend, but the ball stops with perfect timing.
From there, Thompson returns it a lone yard before a Jets gunner brings him down. Talk about a boot, O'Neal would have been tested for steroids in the modern day after sending one as far as this. Jets fans will hope their rookie punter can show off the same kind of leg strength, but this is an NFL record that should be safe for a long time.
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