Record-setting NFL runners share Alabama football roots

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Record-setting NFL runners share Alabama football roots

Take the longest run from scrimmage for each of the 32 NFL franchises during the league's Super Bowl era, and four have something particular in common: One-eighth of the modern team-record holders for the longest run have Alabama football roots.

They hold the record for the longest rushing play from scrimmage since 1966 for the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks.

The record for the Ravens was set by Le'Ron McClain (Tuscaloosa County, Alabama) with an 82-yard run against the Dallas Cowboys on Dec. 20, 2008.

The record for the Browns was set by Isaiah Crowell (Alabama State) with an 85-yard run against the Ravens on Sept. 18, 2016.

The record for the Seahawks was set by Shaun Alexander (Alabama) with an 88-yard run against the Oakland Raiders on Nov. 11, 2001. Alexander ripped off another 88-yarder for Seattle against the Arizona Cardinals on Nov. 6, 2005.

The record for the Rams was set by Tre Mason (Auburn) with an 89-yard run against the Raiders on Nov. 30, 2014.

For McClain and Crowell, their record runs were the longest in the NFL in those seasons.

The NFL recently released a video compilation of the longest run for each franchise during the Super Bowl era:

Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @AMarkG1.

from Auburn Sports Impact

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