Enjoy Dan Connolly's kickoff return
Dan Connolly's 71-yard kickoff return against the Green Bay Packers is, according to the Elias Sports Bureau gang, the longest by an offensive lineman in NFL history. It's certainly one of the funnest to watch. It begins when Connolly fields the ball and takes off on tippy-toe. Then he gets his 6-4, 313-pound bod moving for a return that helped the New England Patriots regain momentum in their 31-27 victory. Never mind that he didn't quite make it into the end zone or that he was huffing and puffing long after the play ended.
Connolly, a guard, wasn't talking after the game; he missed the second half with a head injury. "Dan Connolly probably has the greatest return average in the National Football League,'' Matt Light, a fellow Patriots lineman, said. "That was incredible. It was a heck of an effort. I couldn't believe it when I was watching it to be honest with you.''
| December 20, 2010; 8:08 AM ET
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