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Brandon Browner’s 106-yard fumble return would be a record

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In the second quarter of the Seahawks’ preseason win over the Broncos, Denver running back Ronnie Hillman took a handoff at the 1-yard line and tried to leap into the end zone but fumbled just before he crossed the goal line. The ball rolled into the end zone, where Seattle’s Brandon Browner jumped on the ball.

Most players would have stayed on the ground and taken the touchback, but Browner wisely realized that no Broncos had touched him, and so he rolled over and raced all the way to the other end zone for a 106-yard touchdown.

If this were a regular season game, that would be a record: The all-time NFL record for longest fumble return is 104 yards, set by Oakland’s Jack Tatum in 1972 and matched by Arizona’s Aeneas Williams in 2000.

Unfortunately for Browner, no one cares about preseason records, and his return may be forgotten by history. But it was an amazing play.

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24 Responses to “Brandon Browner’s 106-yard fumble return would be a record”
  1. faithful209er says: Aug 18, 2013 7:38 AM

    Too bad he’s a PED-using cheater…

  2. titansbro says: Aug 18, 2013 7:38 AM

    It was a nice play but not “amazing.” Most if the Broncos thought Hillman had scored & the play was over. Browner didn’t have to break any tackles. Good recognition though.

  3. roadbiscuit says: Aug 18, 2013 8:03 AM

    It also looked exactly like a Broncos TD when the ball broke the goal line plane before it was knocked out.

  4. libraves99 says: Aug 18, 2013 8:16 AM

    Why wasn’t that fumball reviewed he look like he cross the plain

  5. greenmeattruck says: Aug 18, 2013 8:43 AM

    Ok, he picked up a ball and outran everyone to the end zone on the other side. A good play? Yes, absolutely. Amazing? uhh… no.

  6. gizzmonic says: Aug 18, 2013 8:49 AM

    P.E.D. power!

  7. seahawksbmx says: Aug 18, 2013 8:55 AM

    And that happened just minutes after Jermaine Kearse’s 107-yd kickoff return TD. There has never been a game with a pair of 100+ yard returns by one team, but it’s preseason so history will forget that as well.

  8. slbasegame257 says: Aug 18, 2013 9:08 AM

    GO HAWKS

  9. jaychristsays says: Aug 18, 2013 9:09 AM

    Great. Now not only do we have to here their whiny fans complain about the refs costing them a Super Bowl years ago, but now we’re going to here about the travesty that is the NFL is taking away a record from one of their players.

  10. escrimz says: Aug 18, 2013 9:16 AM

    I know preseason doesn’t mean anything but man that was just embarrassing to watch if you were a Broncos fan.

  11. dennisatunity says: Aug 18, 2013 11:27 AM

    A kickoff return for a TD…a fumble returned for a TD…we never want to get too excited about the preseason but since Denver and Seattle both left their first string in the game mid-way through the second quarter, it shows both teams were taking it seriously. And look how it turned out. Hmmm…..

  12. thedoubleentandres says: Aug 18, 2013 11:46 AM

    As a Broncos fan I gotta say hats off to Seattle, great performance. Was very disappointing to see Peyton play so well but get very little support from he rest of the team. The Julius Thomas fumble and Hillmans debacle is almost unforgivable.
    Hopefully thats the bad performance out of the system and we show up better for the reg season.
    Also the seahawks look like theyve got a real beast in Hearse.

  13. rap49er says: Aug 18, 2013 1:33 PM

    Rewqtch the play. The Broncos all stopped and didn’t notice him running until too late. Bad form Denver.

  14. soundsofsuccess7 says: Aug 18, 2013 2:06 PM

    Hillman easily got the ball across and then no Broncos chased him other than Peyton and Orlando Franklin.

    Not impressed

  15. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: Aug 18, 2013 2:13 PM

    thedoubleentandres says: Aug 18, 2013 11:46 AM

    As a Broncos fan I gotta say hats off to Seattle, great performance. Was very disappointing to see Peyton play so well but get very little support from he rest of the team. The Julius Thomas fumble and Hillmans debacle is almost unforgivable.
    Hopefully thats the bad performance out of the system and we show up better for the reg season.
    Also the seahawks look like theyve got a real beast in Hearse.

    ***********************************************

    Very classy, thank you. I think people underestimated how jacked up Seattle would be to play at home and test themselves against elite competition. Denver looked like it was trying to evaluate plays and players regardless of the situation and Seattle looked like it was trying to win a big home game. That was a tough break about Wolfe, I’m glad early signs are he’s OK and hopefully he comes back quickly.

    Hey, we’re still the chic pick to meet in the superbowl, right?

  16. devilsreject97 says: Aug 18, 2013 3:08 PM

    seahawksbmx you should do a little homework… both Joshua Cribbs and Ted Ginn Jr. have done 100+ returns twice in a game…. it’s an NFL records…

  17. seahawksbmx says: Aug 18, 2013 4:23 PM

    As I was saying, first time there were a pair of 106-yd.+ returns by a team in a game.
    I will no longer regurgitate the bogus info these preseason announcers spew.

  18. mackcarrington says: Aug 18, 2013 6:10 PM

    Does anyone know if Browner is related to Ross or Joey Browner in any way?

  19. 1mkultra1 says: Aug 18, 2013 7:34 PM

    @jaychristsays, wow guy, you are really reaching or really bitter about something. try again and give it a little more effort.

  20. rublestiltzkin says: Aug 18, 2013 10:15 PM

    All the haters flock to be the first one’s around when youre the team to beat, the team on top. Just as the very first comment on this posting. The individual who typed it I’m deserves no recognition, thus his name had been omitted. But the comment reads like so: “blah blah blah, seahawks and ped’s, blah blah I’m really dumb and can’t come up with anything else. Blah”

  21. anygivensundayfan says: Aug 19, 2013 3:07 AM

    It was an amazing play. It was engrossing and and fun to watch unfold – I remember shouting “Wait! Is that for real?” at the TV as Browner was running down the field. So many things to process: Did the ball become dislodged before or after crossing the plane of the goalline? Did a Denver player touch Browner or not before he took off? (Before and Nope were the eventual answers) Really great situational awareness on Browner’s part.

    I will remember that play, as will many others, regardless of “record books”

  22. dumbhobby says: Aug 19, 2013 8:22 AM

    I find it funny when people call others cheating. Especially when they are doing so from their job. Oh yeah, and guys don’t get to be nfl sizes across the board by lifting weights and eating wheaties.

  23. rukkus1 says: Aug 19, 2013 11:07 AM

    The ped jokes are so worn out especially when theres other teams who have just as many players busted. Whats the worst though, is that they are probly clean as a whistle now, and still probly gonna play just as good.

  24. 4thqtrsaint says: Aug 19, 2013 1:31 PM

    No dog in the hunt. The angle I saw on TV, he crossed the plane. I don’t know how it was so easily assumed he fumbled. When the ref called it a TD, I thought he meant Denver at first. That’s how sure I was the return would be called back.

    There at least should have been a review.

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