Saints Kick Returner Mel Gray Goes 66 Yards!
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.