Mel Gray was one of the most exciting kick returners in the NFL in the late 80s and most of the 90s. He spent his first 3 years in the league with the New Orleans Saints and either set or still holds many team records. His 101-yard kick return of 1986 – his rookie year – was the longest of that year. In 1987 he led the league in average-yards-per-punt-return with 14.7 YPR. He finished his 12-year career with a total of 9 returns for touchdowns – 3 punts returned for scores, 6 kick returns for scores. His 6 kickoff returns for touchdowns still ranks him tied for 3rd place on the All-Time NFL Leaders list with such names as Gale Sayers and Ollie Matson.
The picture above is from the 1988 game against the Denver Broncos. The 42-0 blowout of John Elway and company remains one of the hallmark games in Saints History. Gray has just scored on a 66-yard punt return, at the time a new team record for the longest punt return for a touchdown in team’s history.