Darren Sproles: Kansas Comet II

September, 15, 2008
9/15/08
4:33
PM ET
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Here is another reason why the Denver-San Diego game was one for the ages.

Darren Sproles made history.

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Quarterbacks Jay Cutler and Philip Rivers, threw for at least 350 yards, Denver receiver Brandon Marshall caught 18 passes (which was tied for the second-most in an NFL game) and Sproles had a 103-yard kickoff return for a score and a touchdown reception of 66 yards.

Sproles became the second player to compile at least 50 yards rushing, 50 yards receiving and 150 return yards in a game. The first was Chicago great Gale Sayers, the Kansas Comet.

Sproles, also a Kansan, had 53 yards rushing, 72 yards receiving and 192 yards on five kickoff returns. This summer, Sproles said he was desperate to show he can be more than a dynamic return man despite his 5-foot-6, 181-pound frame. Sunday, he opened eyes, big time.

With LaDainian Tomlinson still dealing with a turf toe injury, the Chargers are lucky they have Sproles who has shown he can make an impact any time he touches the ball.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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