NFL Rare Air: 10 Amazing Feats You Probably Weren't Aware Of

By Mick Warshaw
July 23, 2013 7:22 pm
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Football has a lot of numbers, and we use these numbers at times to be very judgmental. Unlike say, basketball,where every player is judged by the same stats, in football each position is judged by different metrics – nobody is looking at wide receivers to put up sacks, for example.

Of course, that means everybody has different milestone numbers too. Like baseball has the .300 season, 40 home runs, 20 wins, etc., football has the 1,000-yard rusher, the 4,000-yard passer (subject to inflation), the 100 catch receiver, the 10 sack defender and so on.

Some of these have been more or less difficult to achieve at various points in the game's history, but their is general agreement on where the "line" is among the majority of the pundit class.

Some players have defied these traditional benchmarks by combining them, shattering them, stringing them together, or doing a lot of them for a long time.

Like Oscar Robertson averaging a triple-double, Albert Belle hitting 50 homers and 50 doubles or Michael Johnson winning gold in the 200- and 400-meters in the same Olympics, these players have showed that they cannot be looked at through a conventional lens. Ahead are some of the more noteworthy atypical milestones reached in single games, seasons or careers that are far less likely to be duplicated than more traditional benchmarks.

Every player listed here broke new statistical ground with their marvelous football ability, and nearly every one listed will wind up in the Hall of Fame one day if they aren't already. Follow the jump for some seriously rare achievements.

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13 months ago
Don Hutson - today's numbers in 1940!
13 months ago
And once again as if it where a thundering boom flowing through the airways and straight to my mind. The only thing more amazing then these stats is the grace in witch they where written my mind and soul need more
13 months ago

Hah, you will be screaming for less the next time I visit you! Make sure my sisters don't get into trouble please!
13 months ago
Hutson's numbers are ridiculous! I don't see Wilson being used too often as a PR for the Giants, so I don't see the 4 different TDs happening.
13 months ago
It would be one glorious day when LeSean McCoy breaks the 1000/1000 club.
13 months ago
Charles Woodson could blitz more in Oakland and tally up 13 more sacks to enter the 30/30 club as well, which would be sweet.
13 months ago

Woodson as a blitzing OLB? I think that's a stretch, even for him! :P
13 months ago

Haha! Funkier things have happened in Oakland.
13 months ago
For your consideration: Julian Edelman figured in the Patriots' record-tying Week 11 win against the Indianapolis Colts, in which he had a career day.[12] Edelman caught five passes for 58 yards and a 2 yard touchdown, picked up 47 yards on a single rushing attempt on a reverse play, and returned two punts for a total of 117 yards. The first of those punt returns was a 68-yard punt return for a touchdown, giving Edelman three punt return touchdowns, tying the Patriots franchise mark. In total, Edelman had 105 yards of total offense and 222 all-purpose yards with 2 touchdowns.

Four days later, on Thanksgiving Day, Edelman scored two more touchdowns in the second quarter of the Patriots' victory over the New York Jets, in which they tied a franchise record with 5 touchdowns and 35 points in one quarter; he recovered a Jets fumble and returned it 22 yards on kick-off return, and then caught a 56-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady. Although he left early in the third quarter with a head injury, he nevertheless became the first player since the AFL-NFL merger with both a receiving touchdown and a return touchdown in consecutive games.
13 months ago

I like that, that's a good one. Early start on a sequel article. :)
13 months ago

As well as, guys who have played both ways... Edelman and Troy Brown come to mind.
13 months ago

And I just read somewhere that Bruschi had 4 consecutive pick sixes.
13 months ago

Is he still the all-time NCAA sacks leader?
13 months ago

Tied for first with Derrick Thomas at 52.
13 months ago
Good stuff.

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