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CFL’s Larry Taylor does something no NFL player can

Calgary Stampeders' Larry Taylor (R) is tackled by Hamilton Tiger-Cats' Markeith Knowlton (25) during the first half of their CFL football game in Calgary Reuters

Those of us who only vaguely understand the subtle differences in the rules between Canadian football and American football can be pleasantly surprised to watch CFL highlights like this one, which shows Calgary Stampeders receiver Larry Taylor doing something that no NFL player will ever do.

Taylor scored a touchdown on a 125-yard return on Saturday, an accomplishment impossible in American football. Taylor caught a missed field goal 15 yards deep in the end zone (CFL end zones are 20 yards deep) and ran it back 125 yards for a touchdown — the CFL field is 110 yards long, 10 yards longer than the NFL field from goal line to goal line. Long plays like that one are a specialty of Taylor’s; he had a 122-yard return last year that was the CFL’s longest play of 2011.

In Saturday’s game Taylor returned another missed field goal for 11 yards (those wacky CFL rules feature a lot of missed field goal returns), and had 222 yards on kickoff returns, 70 yards on punt returns and 13 yards receiving for a grand total of 441 yards on the day, passing Raghib “Rocket” Ismail’s 401-yard game in 1992 for the for the second-best single-game total in CFL history. (No. 1 all time is 474 yards in a game, set by Albert Johnson III in 2000.)

The guys did a good job up front blocking for me to create some lanes, and I was able to capitalize on the opportunities. We put it together on the special teams unit,” Taylor told the Calgary Sun after the game. “It’s a good feeling, but I couldn’t do anything on the back end without the guys taking care of their blocks up front and giving me those lanes.”

Unfortunately, the Stampeders still lost 39-36 to the Toronto Argonauts.

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11 Responses to “CFL’s Larry Taylor does something no NFL player can”
  1. RavenzGunnerz says: Jul 8, 2012 5:51 PM

    I will give you 10pts for writing something about the CFL, but I will take away 1pt for incorrect score.

    The Final Score was Argo 39-36 Stamps. They lost on a final field goal.

    thanks tho ;)

    MDS: Thanks for the heads up. I have corrected the score in the post.

  2. wrathofgodzilla says: Jul 8, 2012 5:51 PM

    LOVE this guys humility! He talks about the blocks before anything. Not a lot of people do that, but I’m used to the NFL ha.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 8, 2012 5:56 PM

    That was 441 yards (Can). At the current exchange rate, it would be around 68 (NFL).

  4. lionsfan415 says: Jul 8, 2012 5:58 PM

    Canadians pwn us in hockey

  5. wadecounty93 says: Jul 8, 2012 6:01 PM

    Try him out Miami!

  6. tfbuckfutter says: Jul 8, 2012 6:26 PM

    Wow, that is 98% as exciting as if it’d happened in the U.S.

    Incidentally….it’s nice to see my Canadian quarters are almost worth actual quarters….but with the added value of still breaking vending machines.

  7. kegowhisky says: Jul 8, 2012 6:31 PM

    One important point that wasn’t made obvious – Larry Taylor is from the U.S. being born in Ft Lauderdale and playing college ball in Connecticutt. Heck of an accomplishment, though!

  8. aldavisisthenfl says: Jul 8, 2012 6:55 PM

    Playing a football game in July is also something no NFL player can do as well……

  9. bigwalt2990 says: Jul 8, 2012 7:12 PM

    5 bucks says Martin Mayhew is has/is scouting this guy.

  10. medialovesthecowboys says: Jul 8, 2012 10:43 PM

    Also he had to leave immediately after the game since his shift at Subway started at 5:30pm.

  11. nekelund says: Jul 9, 2012 1:02 AM

    @TheGreatGabbert: I would take you to task for failing to recognize that the Canadian dollar is basically the same value as the US dollar, but your choice of handle suggests a fundamental inability to perceive and interpret how numbers work. You probably think that ESPN’s TQR is a useful statistic, too.

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