Step aside Buster Rhymes, there’s a new all-time kick return yardage leader in Minnesota Vikings history. With his return early in the third quarter against the Lions, Cordarrelle Patterson dashed past Rhymes and right into the Vikings’ record books.
Patterson came into the game needing just four yards to break Rhymes’ record of 1345 kick return yards, which he set in 1985. He had a chance to get it out of the way on the opening kick off but unfortunately the rookie receiver was so busy pumping up the crowd that he forgot to notice the ball being kicked in the air.
With the Lions failing to score at all in the first half, Patterson would have to sweat it out until after halftime before he got his chance at redemption. He made his second try count, running up to catch a pooch kick and taking it 20 yards for the record.
Congratulations to Cordarrelle Patterson on your record. And congrats to the Vikings’ PR team for their tireless campaign to make people care about this record. Hey, you’ve got to take your victories where you can find them.