49ers' Ginn Joins Even More Historic Company
By: Scott Henry | 9/12/11, 10:04 PM EDT
Multiple stories about the San Francisco 49ers' 33-17 Week 1 victory over the Seattle Seahawks mention kick returner Ted Ginn Jr.'s returning a kickoff and punt for touchdowns in the same game.
Ginn became the 12th player in pro football history to accomplish that feat with his 102-yard kickoff and 55-yard punt return in a 59-second span of Sunday's season opener.
A much less publicized achievement is that the game was Ginn's second with multiple kick return touchdowns. Ginn took two kickoffs to the house against the New York Jets on November 1, 2009.
With his miraculous minute against the Seahawks, Ginn became only the sixth player in league history to have two different games of multiple kick-return touchdowns.
Devin Hester was the last to join that club when he returned a punt and kickoff against Denver on November 25, 2007.
Ginn is only the second player to have his two different double-TD games as a member of different teams.
The six repeat scorers:
DB Jack Christiansen, Detroit
October 14, 1951 vs. Los Angeles Rams
November 22, 1951 vs. Green Bay
RB Travis Williams, Green Bay
November 12, 1967 vs. Cleveland
November 2, 1969 vs. Pittsburgh
RB/WR Eric Metcalf
October 24, 1993 vs. Pittsburgh (with Cleveland Browns)
November 2, 1997 vs. Cincinnati (with San Diego Chargers)
WR Jermaine Lewis, Baltimore
December 7, 1997 vs. Seattle
December 24, 2000 vs. New York Jets
WR Devin Hester, Chicago
December 11, 2006 vs. St. Louis Rams
November 25, 2007 vs. Denver
WR Ted Ginn, Jr.
November 1, 2009 vs. New York Jets (with Miami Dolphins)
September 11, 2011 vs. Seattle (with San Francisco 49ers)
The 12 players to score punt and kickoff touchdowns in the same game:
Jimmy Patton (NY Giants) October 30, 1955 vs. Washington
Bobby Mitchell (Cleveland) November 23, 1958 vs. Philadelphia
Al Frazier (Denver) December 3, 1961 vs. Boston Patriots
Gale Sayers (Chicago) December 3, 1967 vs. San Francisco
Travis Williams (Green Bay) November 2, 1969 vs. Pittsburgh
Eddie Payton (Detroit) December 17, 1977 vs. Minnesota
Michael Lewis (New Orleans) October 13, 2002 vs. Washington
Dante Hall (Kansas City) December 8, 2002 vs. St. Louis Rams
Darren Sproles (San Diego) November 11, 2007 vs. Indianapolis
Devin Hester (Chicago) November 25, 2007 vs. Denver
Eddie Royal (Denver) October 19, 2009 vs. San Diego
Ted Ginn Jr. (San Francisco) September 11, 2011 vs. Seattle
--Scott Henry (@4QuartersRadio)
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