Denver's Stokley makes history
September, 13, 2009
By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson
In addition to causing jaws to drop around the country with his stunning touchdown reception to beat Cincinnati, Denver receiver Brandon Stokley made NFL history Sunday.
Stokley scored on an 87-yard pass from Kyle Orton that should have been intercepted. The pass was deflected to Stokley, who was not the intended receiver, and he bolted for a touchdown to give the Broncos a 12-7 win over the shell-shocked Bengals with 11 seconds to go in the game.
According to the NFL, it was the longest game-winning touchdown from scrimmage in the last minute of a four-quarter game in league history.
I caught up with Denver vice president of communications Jim Saccomano on Sunday night upon his return from Cincinnati. Saccomano has been with the Broncos for 32 seasons and the Denver native has seen most of the team’s games since it began playing in 1960.
Saccomano said Stokley’s touchdown was easily one of the greatest plays in team history.
“For a lot of reasons, it stands alone,” Saccomano said. “There were a lot for great plays in this team’s history, including in the postseason, but the circumstances, it really had it all.”
Saccomano said he couldn’t wait to watch the play again. He was on Denver’s sideline and couldn’t clearly see the play.