Dan Connolly Return Among Best Ever For Linemen?

New England Patriots lineman Dan Connolly single-handedly altered the course of the Patriots-Packers game last night at Gillette Stadium.  The Patriots were down 10 late in the first half when the Packers decided on a squib-kick.  Here is what happened next:

Why would the Packers squib?  Their special teams units have been awful all season and they couldn't afford a long return right before half.  The right plan, the wrong execution.

Is that the best return for a lineman ever?  Perhaps on a kick-off - it was the longest kick-off return for a lineman in NFL History - but Keith Traylor of the Chicago Bears may have done Connolly a bit better back in 2001.  Take a look:


Not only did Traylor make an incredible play on the interception, he nearly ran it all the way back for a touchdown.  Which ever one you think is better, they are both incredible plays by guys not associated with athleticism.

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