NEW YORK GIANTS VS. DETROIT LIONS (1982) Lawrence Taylor’s 97-yard pick return As arguably the greatest linebacker of all-time, Lawrence Taylor was known just as much for his mental prowess as his physical capabilities. On this particular play from 1982 (just his second season in the league), Taylor makes a perfectly timed jump on a Gary Danielson pass in the red zone, returning the pick 97 yards to break a 6-6 tie in the fourth quarter. The score would hold as the only touchdown in the 13-6 New York victory.
CHICAGO BEARS VS. DETROIT LIONS (1980) Dave Williams returns overtime kickoff for a touchdown Finally, in this historic play from 1980, Bears return man Dave Williams takes the opening kickoff in overtime up the gut, before cutting to the outside for a 95-yard touchdown. The play marked the first time in NFL history that an overtime period began (and ended) with a kickoff return for a touchdown. 21 years later, it’s another Bears kick returner, Devin Hester, who holds the record for most all-time return touchdowns with 18 (12 punts, 5 kickoffs, 1 missed field goal).